HOW DO WE MANAGE FLOOD RISKS?
PUB manages ood risks in three ways:
1 Providing adequate drainage ahead onew developments
Planning is crucial. Prior to any new landdevelopment or beore construction begins inany area, PUB works together with agenciessuch as URA, HDB, LTA and JTC to map outnecessary drainage measures.For example, to ensure that new roads areprotected against ooding, PUB works closelywith the relevant agencies to ensure that newroads are built to the required levels or oodprotection in addition to ensuring that the drainagesystems along these roads are adequate.The necessary drainage is designed based on:
2 Adopting food protection measures
It is not possible to prevent ooding entirelythrough the drainage system. To provide oradditional ood protection, PUB has put in placea Code o Practice that stipulates drainagerequirements. This includes minimum platormand crest levels or buildings and entrances tounderground acilities (e.g. basement carparks,underground MRT stations, etc.). In the case oolder buildings, PUB will provide advice onappropriate protection measures should thesebuildings be aected by ash oods.
Access to underground MRT stations (e.g. Newton)is at least 1m above the highest recorded ood level
In low-lying areas, however, drainage improvementprojects are eective only i the surrounding groundlevel is also raised. Such projects will be carriedout when the area is redeveloped.For existing older roads which are relativelylow-lying and ood-prone, the road levels wouldbe raised either in conjunction with drainageupgrading works or LTA’s road upgrading worksas part o PUB’s plan to reduce ood-prone areaswherever possible. One example is the raisingo Orchard Road. Raising Orchard Road by anaverage o 30cm will give it an additional oodprotection against storms like those experiencedon 16 June 2010. When an area is earmarkedor redevelopment, PUB will review the drainagesystem in that area and raise the building and roadlevels to increase ood protection.PUB has scheduled works in most o the areasaected by the recent oods. These areas includeBukit Timah, Thomson, Syed Alwi, Rochor Canal,Bedok and Telok Kurau. For a list o the projects,please reer to:
Drainage improvement at Sungei Seletar
BEFOREAFTER3 Making continual drainage improvement
Continual drainage improvement works, whichcould include widening and deepening o drainsand canals, are carried out to ensure the adequacyo the drainage system.
Building ownerscan installmeasures suchas ood gatesto protect theirpremisesagainst oods