"You can't design for rainfall of this level, it is just too huge. The thing we can accept is that we can only design our canal of a certain size, and at the end of the day, we have to live with some of these occurrences which occur once in 50 years or so".
-Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Environment and Water Resources Minister, 2006.[Link]
Looks like we don't pay our ministers enough to create a different excuse when these things happen.
"Yesterday's event, I was told by the PUB, occurs once every 50 years"
- Environment and Water Resources Minister Yaacob Ibrahim, 20 Nov 2009[Link]
I was caught in a flood at Bukit Timah in 1988. It took 5 hours for the water to subside before I could get out of the bus I was on to go home. Al Gore said in his movie, An Inconvenient Truth, that Singapore will be underwater in a few decades. I wonder if the future minister will say "Sorry guys, it is just a once in a 3000 year event" as all of us drown in our HDB flats.