Flash floods in S’pore halt traffic

Fann Sim

Flash floods after a torrential downpour hit Singapore on Friday afternoon, causing traffic jams in many areas across Singapore.

Photos shared online on Facebook and Twitter showed cars tyre-deep in murky waters along Commonwealth Lane. Some businesses were also affected by the heavy downpour when their establishments were flooded.

Singapore's national water agency PUB had issued flash flood warnings at around 1.45pm for Thomson Road, Sime Darby Centre, Sungai Pandan Kechil, Sunset Way, Commonwealth Avenue, and the Tuas exit on Pan-Island Expressway (PIE).

Updates on PUB's Facebook and Twitter page later said all flash floods subsided at about 2.45pm.

Trains also affected

Trains were also affected by the heavy showers on Friday.

A reader Edmund Chia, shared a photo of a train with wet floors with Yahoo! Singapore.

Chia said he boarded a westbound train at Raffles Place MRT station at around 1.40pm and saw that the floor of the train was wet.

"There was enough water to see the flow of water as the train pulled out of the station and it seemed like it affected multiple cabins," said Chia.

"I thought the water should be from people's wet shoes or umbrellas but no one on the train was holding them," he added.

Responding to queries, SMRT said the water is likely to be from people with wet shoes or umbrellas as there were no leaks or seeps on the train upon checks with its train officers.