Public Advisory

PUB advises pedestrians, motorists and residents to exercise caution during the monsoon season when flash floods may suddenly and quickly occur in the event of heavy storms.

If you are outside during a flood:

Pedestrians

  • Be alert and move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move. Stay put until the flood subsides.
  • Be aware of drains especially open drains and areas known to flood suddenly.
  • Do not walk through moving water. 15cm of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

Motorists

  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. 30cm of water can stall your car. 60cm of water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs.

If you are at home or in your shop/office:

Residents / Business Owners

  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • If you live in low-rise housing, secure your home/shop/office. Move essential items to an upper floor.

If you must prepare to evacuate:

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves. Disconnect electrical appliances.

Protect your belongings

  • Store belongings at high level
  • Place aluminum stop boards or sandbags to block flood waters

Store Belongings at high level

    

Place aluminum stop log or stop board & sandbags at entrances to block floodwaters

   

Monsoon Preparation

The Northeast Monsoon is likely to set in from late November 2014 to February 2015. Ahead of the monsoon season, PUB has distributed flood advisories to some 500 residential units and shop-houses in the floodprone areas. These are low-lying areas, some of which are subject to tidal influence. The flash flood advisory includes the sea tide table, information on precautions people can take to protect their belongings and more. Click here to download a copy of the advisory.

 
 
 
Last updated on 2 Dec 2014