Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Words of Wisdom...from Orchard Road before the Deluge


It says, "The important thing in life is not victory, but the fight; the main thing is not to have won, but to have fought well."

Nicely said & the poster (taken in front of Takashimaya ought to serve as an encouragement for those suffering from the Deluge in Orchard Road. (Check out those photos - shoppers shop till they...drown?!?!)

Orchard Road was submerged in floodwaters after a heavy morning downpour on Wednesday.

HEAVY rainfall on Wednesday morning caused many parts of central Singapore to be flooded.

Large stretches of Evans, Stevens and Bukit Timah Road were affected, according to an online Straits Times report.

Traffic was impassable at some parts of Stevens and Evans Road as floodwaters went as high as half a metre, the report said. It also mentioned that shopfronts at Serene Centre, Bukit Timah, were affected.

According to a statement released by the Public Utilities Board (PUB), almost 100 mm of rain fell between 9am and 11am, approximately 60 per cent more than the average monthly rainfall in June.

AsiaOne reader "Beanie976" said in all the years they have worked at their office in Orchard Road, it is the first time they have seen floods of this magnitude.

Pictures posted on Twitter also show the basement of Lucky Plaza and shops on the ground level of Wheelock Place semi-submerged in rainwater.

The flood waters at the Orchard area reached a depth of 300mm and subsided within one hour, at about 11.30am.

Contractors are clearing up the debris on the roads, as well as assisting premise owners to pump out water from their basements.

PUB, traffic police and officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were on site to render assistance.

The last known major flooding at the Orchard and Scotts Road junction was in 1984.

Other parts of central Singapore, namely Coronation Road West, Fourth Avenue, Kings Road, Kheam Hock Road and Veerasamy Road were also affected.

Management of condominiums located in the Bukit Timah area were also notified by SMS alerts from PUB when the water level sensor reached 75 per cent at 9.30am this morning.

PUB advises the public to exercise caution as flash floods may still occur in the event of heavy storms.

The cause of the flood is still being investigated.

From Asiaone, "Orchard among many areas in Singapore flooded".

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