07 Oct '11, 1am

Orchard Road floods not Marina Barrage's fault, say experts

Orchard Road floods not Marina Barrage's fault, say experts

Businesses at Liat Towers in Orchard Road were affected by the flood in June last year. A panel of experts has found that the floods would still have occurred even without the Marina Barrage. -- ST FILE PHOTO The Marina Barrage was not responsible for the floods in Orchard Road. That was the conclusion of the panel of experts set up in June to tackle the flood problem. The barrage was built in 2008 to reduce flash floods in low-lying regions of Singapore. But all of the country's major floods have happened after its construction, leading many to blame it. They said the barrage was slowing down the flow of rainwater into the open sea. The panel's chair, Professor Chan Eng Soon, said it used a computer program to recreate the storm conditions during the Orchard Road floods but removed the barrage from the picture. It found that the floods would still have occurred even witho...

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