The recent flood on Orchard Road was blamed on some debris in one of the drains. The Bukit Timah flood was blamed on "once in 50 years" heavy rainsfall. This morning, many parts of Singapore was flooded including some parts of Orchard Road. I wonder what kind of explanation for these floods we will be given tomorrow.
Always be wary of 'convenient explanations'. I do plenty of project reviews for various systems and very often when something goes wrong, the people responsible have a tendency to go for the explanation that results in the least work and blame for themselves. For example, if something goes wrong in a software, the programmers will prefer to say that the users misused the software by giving it bad data or something like that rather that an explanation that will result in the software getting reworked. It is more convenient to go for these explanations than spend time and money to find out what is actually wrong and fix it. However, when the problem recurs, the people affected are going to get angry and they will get smart enough not to just accept another convenient explanation....
It is not really clear what is causing all these floods but we have been getting explanations that result in the least amount work and effort on the part of the authorities. The Bukit Timah flood was blamed on a once in 50 years event ....so not much needs to be done. The Orchard Road flood was blamed on debris in a drain so just some monitoring and regular clearing will solve it. Hmm...if that is the case why did Orchard Rd flood again today? We may need to restructure our old system of canals as the rain fall pattern might have changed to cause more intense rain fall due to climate change. For those whose goods and property have been damaged by recurring floods, how many convenient explanations do they have to listen before something concrete is done?
Over 60% of June rain fell during morning downpour, causing road chaos
SINGAPORE: Heavy and intense rain fell in many parts of Singapore early Friday morning causing road chaos with fallen trees and floods. The PUB said 100 mm of rain fell within an hour, between 8 and 9.30am. That's the same amount of rainfall on June 16 which led to massive floods in Orchard Road. That amount is more than 60 per cent of the average rainfall for the entire month of June. PUB says the heavy rain caused localised flash floods in a number areas and the waters subsided within 30 minutes.
During the heavy downpour Friday morning MediaCorp received several calls about floods in various parts of Singapore. Among the areas affected were Upper Thomson Road near Sin Ming Road, Jalan Boon Lay, and Bukit Timah Road after the Balmoral Road junction in the direction of Corporation Road. Several roads also had traffic diverted due to fallen trees. An uprooted tree fell across the entire northbound carriageway after the junction with Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 in Friday’s morning's heavy downpour making the expressway impassable to traffic. The incident caused a massive jam which tailed back several kilometres. A van was also trapped by the fallen tree and the SCDF said two people in the van were injured and were sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Traffic Police were also on hand to divert traffic away from the CTE towards SLE in between the Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 and Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 exit due to the fallen tree. On Orchard Road, a fallen tree near Orchard Central blocked two lanes of traffic. SCDF personnel were also called in to help evacuate children from a childcare centre at Telok Kurau Lorong G, affected by the floods.
They also had to pump water out of the childcare centre. Traffic police officers were also kept busy regulating traffic and directing motorists at jammed up roads. At the junction of Balmoral Road and Bukit Timah Road, traffic had to be diverted away from due to flood caused by heavy rains.