During a heavy downpour earlier this evening (Feb 8), Singapore’s major shopping district Orchard Road saw yet another flooding again. At around 6pm that, flash floods were reported by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) at Orchard Boulevard towards Paterson Road, and at the junction of Hill Street and Stamford Road. However, the government agency was quick to mitigate the flood risk by claiming that “traffic was passable”.
A S$158 million 2km-long diversion canal, stretching from Tanglin Road to Grange Road and off Kim Seng Road, is reported to be completed by the first quarter of 2018. The project is said to resolve any flooding issue and divert the rainwater into the Singapore River. A further S$69 million was spent by the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources to build a water detention tank beneath the Botanic Gardens to divert water from Holland Road in the Orchard vicinity. The tank will be completed by the first quarter of 2017. Orchard Road should technically not see any more flooding after the two projects are fully completed by Q1 2018.
Singapore is seeing severe flooding due to climate change, which is seeing more frequent and heavier downpour in recent years.