When it rains in Singapore, it pours. So much so that, earlier this week, flash floods in at least nine areas in the eastern part of Singapore stranded cars and stopped traffic.
Here’s all you need to know about what to do during a flash flood, and what authorities are doing about it, too.
Do not walk into flooded areas. If you see a flooded area ahead, turn back and move immediately to higher ground as flood waters may rise suddenly. Stay there until the flood subsides.
Motorists are advised not to drive into flooded areas. Just 30cm of water may stall your car. If flood waters rise around your car and causes it to stall, leave your car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
When leaving your car, use a stick to check for steps or open drains in front of you. Moving water with a depth of 15cm can make you fall.
Residents and business owners are advised to protect their belongings by placing a stop log, stop board and/or sandbags at entrances to prevent floodwaters from entering their premises.
Flood barriers should be activated for commercial buildings. Those whose premises are in low-lying areas should store their belongings at high levels.
Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
Keep yourself updated on the weather outlook and tide information via radio broadcasts, the National Environment Agency (NEA) website, or its myENV mobile app.
For information on tides, visit NEA’s site or call its hotline on 6542-7788.
To check the water levels in canals and drains, download PUB’s MyWaters mobile app or subscribe to SMS alerts at PUB’s website.
Report floods at PUB’s 24-hour call centre on 1800-CALL-PUB (1800-2255-782).
For emergencies, call the Singapore Civil Defence Force at 995.
To report pollution or clogs in drains, call the National Environment Agency (NEA) on 1800-600-3333 or PUB.
By Lydia Lam, The Straits Times, January 2018
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