Heavy rain prompts flash flood warnings across Singapore; Some flights at Changi Airport affected

SINGAPORE: Heavy rain prompted flash flood warnings in several places in Singapore on Saturday (May 4).

PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, issued alerts mid-morning asking people to avoid the intersection of Wan Lee Road and Enterprise Road in western Singapore, as well as Jalan Pokok Serunai on Upper East Coast Road.

It later issued alerts in the afternoon for Simei Avenue after Tampines Avenue 5 and a section of Jalan Boon Lay connecting Enterprise Road to International Road.

Earlier in the day, flash flood risk alerts were also issued for places including Craig Road, Upper Paya Lebar Road, Jalan Lokam, Jalan Seaview and the junction of Mountbatten Road and Tanjong Katong South.

The first flash flood warning was issued by PUB at 06:54am.

The warnings came as heavy rain hit most of the country.

Some flights at Changi Airport have also been affected by bad weather.

A passenger at Changi Airport told CNA that his flight from Singapore to New York City at Terminal 3 had first been changed to Terminal 1 before being delayed.

“This is due to inclement weather, heavy rain and the lightning warning issued. We are unable to board passengers due to safety concerns and the lightning warning issued. Currently, the lightning warning is issued until 12: 10 pm,” says an airport announcement.

A check by CNA on Changi Airport’s website also showed delays on several flights. Two Singapore Airlines flights departing from Terminal 2 to Osaka, Japan and Tokyo, respectively, were delayed by at least 30 minutes.

Changi Airport subsequently issued a notice saying: “Due to inclement weather and lightning warnings, there are delays in presenting baggage as we prioritize the safety of our ground handling services.”

The airport added that affected passengers can approach ground staff for complimentary refreshments.

They can also exit and re-enter the baggage claim area once their luggage is ready for pickup.

“For select airlines, free baggage drop-off service is available for affected passengers,” the airport said.

He apologized for any inconvenience caused by the heavy rain, adding that public announcements were being made at the terminals to keep passengers informed of any updates.

“We advise passengers to stay updated by checking with their respective airlines and monitoring the Changi Airport flight status page or the Changi app for the latest information.”

The second round of the LIV Golf event in Sentosa was also affected, with a notice on the tournament website stating that playing times had been delayed and would not start before 1.45pm. Golfers teed off at 2 p.m., more than four hours after the initial starting time.

The tournament, which features some of the world’s best golfers, including major winners Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka, will end on Sunday.

CNA has contacted PUB for more information.