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     FrontPage Edition: Tue 26 December 2006

Singapore hit by heavy rain and flash floods


Yesterday¡¯s heavy rainfall was the third highest in 75 years

Yesterday (20 Dec 2006), Singapore was hit by the third highest rainfall recorded in 75 years.
The 24-hour rainfall recorded was 366 mm. This amount of rainfall recorded in one day exceeds even the average amount of 284 mm recorded for the whole month of Dec in previous years.
In 1978, the highest rainfall recorded over 24 hours was 512 mm while the second highest rainfall recorded was 467 mm in 1969.
Although heavy rainfall is expected during this period, yesterday¡¯s (20 Dec 2006) rainfall was exceptionally high. It caused localized flooding in various locations in the northern and central parts of Singapore.
PUB and the Meteorological Services Division had been sending out warnings of heavy rain and the possibility of flash floods in low-lying areas. Prior to the onset of the Northeast Monsoon, flood advisories were also distributed door-to-door to 600 residents and shop owners in these areas.
Yesterday (20 Dec 2006), PUB engineers and technical staff were deployed at the various reservoirs to manage the situation. At the Lower Seletar and Kranji reservoirs, this included releasing water through the tide gates to prevent and alleviate flooding in those areas.
PUB¡¯s technical teams and contractors were monitoring the situation at the various flood-prone areas throughout Singapore.
Working closely with the Meteorological Services Division and the traffic police, PUB sent periodic updates to the media several times yesterday. Radio announcements were also made throughout the day to inform the public to avoid the flooded areas.
By 11 pm last night  (20 Dec 2006), except for Olive Road, the floods in the affected areas had subsided and traffic was back to normal. This morning, the flood at the last affected area at Olive Road has been subsiding. With the weather forecast of no further rain for the day, the flood is expected to subside by mid afternoon. In the meantime, PUB has mobilised contractors to clear debris washed down by the flood waters.
The Meteorological Services Division has forecast wet weather for the rest of the week. As high tides of between 2.7m and 3.1m are expected from today till X¡¯mas Day, flash floods could still occur at low-lying areas.
PUB and the Meteorological Services Division will continue to monitor the situation closely and alert the public where necessary.
The public can obtain the latest weather reports, including heavy rain warnings, by calling the NEA¡¯s weather forecast hotline at 6542 7788, or visiting ¡°Weather Outlook¡± at
The public can also call PUB-One (at 1800-284-6600) or tune in to radio broadcasts to check the weather and flood situation.
Jointly issued by PUB and NEA

Source: Press Release 20 Dec 2006

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