Singapore Flood 2.0

The gods must have been out boozing on Thursday night, because the skies rained really hard with their piss for 2 hours on Friday morning, and caused massive flooding throughout many parts of Singapore.

I headed out for a meeting at 9am, and took the perfunctory Bukit Timah Road route to town, only to find myself stuck in a traffic jam with a fast-rising canal on my right that was threatening to spill over to the roads.  The skies continued to rain down hard on Singapore as all the cars sat stationary along Bukit Timah Road.

It didn’t take long for horrifying images of my car and I submerged under the flood waters to appear in my head.  The water level in the canal kept rising and eventually flowed onto the 3-lane road.  I was extremely alarmed since my car sits lower than most others.  I quickly forced my car into the left lanes and headed for higher ground via a side road (Jalan Kampong Chantek) along Bukit Timah Road. My brakes stopped functioning for a bit, most likely because flood waters had gotten into the brake system. Fortunately, I was heading upslope, and so gravity combined with my handbrake got me to a complete stop.


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I waited for a good 15 minutes, before getting out of the car and heading downslope back to Bukit Timah Road to catch the action. By then, the rain had subsided, and the flood waters were beginning to retreat. Check out the following photos and videos for the aftermath:

Bystanders and stranded drivers and motorcyclists watch the action from drier ground.

Bystanders and stranded drivers and motorcyclists watch the action from drier ground.

This Lexus couldn't make out the curb/drain on the left side of the road when it was flooded over, and got stuck trying to head for higher ground.

This Lexus couldn't make out the curb/drain on the left side of the road when it was flooded over, and got stuck trying to head for higher ground.

So Orchard Road didn’t flood this time round, but other parts of Singapore did. I wonder how many cars took water into their engines and their owners subjected to the force majeure clause in their insurance policies, and ending up having to bear the full cost of their repairs. I think PUB and MEWR will have to deal with a renewed onslaught of public anger.  I don’t envy the folks in their PR department right now.

Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head
And just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed
Nothin’ seems to fit
Those raindrops are fallin’ on my head, they keep fallin’

So I just did me some talkin’ to the sun
And I said I didn’t like the way he got things done
Sleepin’ on the job
Those raindrops are fallin’ on my head, they keep fallin’…

“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head” – B.J. Thomas

If this keeps up, Singapore might just get submerged under torrential rainfall, well before global warming and rising sea levels can have a chance to do us in.

About James Chan

James Chan is an entrepreneur, investor, geek, photographer and husband/father based out of Singapore. Apart from frequent travels to Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia for work, James can also be found online via his trusty 15" Retina MacBook Pro or iPhone 6+.