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Flash floods across Singapore cause massive traffic disruptions

SINGAPORE — Flash floods and severe traffic disruptions were reported at several locations across Singapore on Saturday evening (Dec 24) following heavy rain.

While water level had subsided slightly along Paya Lebar Road by around 6.30pm, traffic was still slow. Photo: Wong Pei Ting/TODAY

While water level had subsided slightly along Paya Lebar Road by around 6.30pm, traffic was still slow. Photo: Wong Pei Ting/TODAY

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SINGAPORE — Flash floods and severe traffic disruptions were reported at several locations across Singapore on Saturday evening (Dec 24) following heavy rain.

At the junction of Paya Lebar Road and Sims Avenue, traffic was stuck due to some cars stalling, said Facebook user Tony Lee. Mr Lee also claimed that oil drums and debris were seen floating at the location, with the traffic jam tailed all the way to Eunos.

Another Facebook user Kay Muk also said that “many” cars had stalled along Paya Lebar Road. “Do not drive there”, he warned.

Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personnel were also at Paya Lebar Road helping to extract passengers from what appeared to be a stalled car. SCDF said that it received a call for assistance at about 6pm and had to "manually assist" two persons from the car, but no injuries were reported.

The National Environment Agency issued a weather alert at 5pm, forecasting thundery showers over many areas of Singapore in the evening.

Since 5.45pm, the Land Transport Authority has warned on Twitter of flash floods in at least five locations across Singapore. The areas affected by flash floods are:

  • Newton Circus (towards Woodlands) after Cavenagh Road
  • Stevens Road near Anderson Road/Balmoral Park Junction
  • Balmoral Road near Balmoral Crescent/Balmoral Road Junction 
  • Cairnhill Road near Cairnhill Road/Scotts Road Junction
  • PIE (towards Changi Airport) at Stevens Rd Exit

Accidents were reported at the following locations, according to the LTA:

  • Braddell Road (towards Bartley) after Bishan Road. Avoid the left lane.
  • Macritchie Viaduct (towards Braddell) after PIE
  • KJE (towards BKE) at Choa Chu Kang Rd Entrance
  • AYE (towards Tuas) after Lower Delta Rd Exit.

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