15 Nov '11, 6am

Long term flood control plan in pipeline

SINGAPORE: Singapore is at a point where it needs to embark on a long-term plan for flood control infrastructure. Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan said changing weather patterns have caused more flash floods in recent years, and this will be taken into account during planning. National water agency PUB has commissioned an independent study to assess the possibility of a new diversionary canal off the Stamford Canal in Orchard Road. Flash floods do not just occur in low-lying areas. They can happen anywhere, coming and going in mere minutes, but causing hours of frustration. The flash floods can be caused by several factors, be it inadequate drainage, clogged pipes, or heavy storm flows upstream. And they're occurring in all areas, almost in a "pseudo-random" pattern, noted Dr Balakrishnan. "I say pseudo-random because they are predictabl...

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