10 Jan '12, 5am
By the time they are done with flood fortifications at Liat Towers, it'll be renamed Liat Castle.
Lucky Plaza, Liat Towers shops come up with flood solutions Besieged shop owners in the basements of Lucky Plaza and Liat Towers have come up with solutions of their own after the flood last month, the third in two years. At Liat Towers, the building management has invested in a $17,000, 60cm-high wall to keep flood water from turning its basement into a pond again. It has also hired a consultant to assess whether its pumps are sufficient. The management had previously spent $220,000 on pop-up floodgates, and $11,000 on small flood barriers in front of fast-food outlet Wendy's, coffee outlet Starbucks and clothing retailer Massimo Dutti to block flood water. Mr Chik Hai Lam, the building's supervisor, said: 'We don't expect the Government to pay for any of this, but after the consultant comes, if we upgrade the pump system, we'll have done everything we can.'