Friday, December 22, 2006

Collateral damage

More news about the mayhem that the torrential rain brought.

Heavy rain leaves nurseries along Thomson Road chest-deep in water
Posted: 21 December 2006 1235 hrs | By Sheralyn Tay, TODAY

"Business isn't exactly blooming for the nurseries along Thomson Road, after record-high rainfalls and flash flooding washed away hopes for what is usually a profitable period.

Surging waters from MacRitchie Reservoir left the area chest-deep in water on Tuesday...

While Singapore got some respite from the rain yesterday, this was not the case across the Causeway. Rain continued to pelt down on parts of Johor state, forcing KTM to cancel at least 10 train services to and from Singapore and leaving some 4,000 passengers affected...

With Muar and Batu Pahat in north Johor still flooded, vegetable and fish farms have been badly affected. Analysts said this might cause a hike in the prices of imported agricultural produce."

Posted: 21 December 2006 2110 hrs | By Valarie Tan, Channel NewsAsia

"PUB says the recent heavy rain caused excess water from the MacRitchie and Upper Seletar reservoirs to overflow. At Upper Seletar Reservoir, excess water was released into the sea by opening the tide gates.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Environment and Water Resources Minister, says: "You can't design for rainfall of this level... we can only design our canal of a certain size... on the part of PUB and NEA, we'll do our best to alleviate the problem as quickly as possible."

The wet spell is likely to continue and NEA expects more flash floods in low-lying areas with high tides hitting 3.1 metres till Christmas Day. The roads at the affected areas are back to normal and the spillage at MacRitchie Reservoir has ceased."