16 June 2008

20080613 Orange Storm Alert

Got a call in the morning (Friday) from my relief chauffeur (the main one being on leave), that he couldn't make it to our place on time as he was still stuck in the flood waters en route. It was quite a heavy storm that started since the night before and man, damn shiok to sleep lor.

In the end, we told him to turn back and come pick up us after lunch as we figured that the flood would have subsided by then.

He did show up at 1pm when we set off for the factory. While driving, he was recounting how bad the flood was at certain areas. He said that the water at some place was as high as the public bus' windows!
Two cars collided coz the water floated them towards each other. Another reason not to buy the stupid Spitland QQ car!

There were 4 routes leading to my factory and 3 of them were flooded. It was just our luck to get it right only on the 4th attempt. We were about to turn back and call it a day then.

For what was a 25 minute journey, it took us 2 hours 40 mins. Walau.

To be honest, it wasn't really that bad a storm. It was just Orange Alert (The scale escalates from Nothing > White > Yellow > Orange > Red > Black) and I have personally walked in Black Storm Alert. Now that was really something else.

The way I see it, the flood was a result of heavy downpour but more so due to the poor drainage because of all the roadworks and constructions going on. That and coupled with the fact that morning was when the tide is high as my town is next to the Pearl River Delta.

The news on TV was reporting about the flood throughout the whole night and it was reported that there were 66 cases of traffic accidents in that day alone!

- Voxeros

1. spiller left...
Monday, 16 June 2008 12:21 pm
so far all parts of China have been hit by natural disasters this year, except Beijing. i foresee not long for the capital too.

2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 16 June 2008 1:42 pm :: 
spiller: I won't exactly call this a natural disaster as the damage is too mild and too insignificant. Besides, we get this several times every year. Not that big a deal, albeit a pain in the ass.

3. THB left...
Monday, 16 June 2008 2:48 pm ::
So many such disasters. Stay home also not safe in Spitland.

4. Pam left...
Monday, 16 June 2008 5:29 pm
I'd imagine the reason why the cars floated towards each other and collided had much more to do with the fact that the waters were high, as opposed to the cars deliberately made badly such that they'd float towards each other?! this happened last year when parts of middle england were flooded (and I got stranded in Germany for what was a day's meeting). All sorts of cars were involved.

5. JayWalk left...
Monday, 16 June 2008 9:22 pm :: 
THB: It does make one appreciate the safety that Singapore and it's relatively better infrastructure has to offer to the people, that we more often than not, take for granted.

Pam: The cars were so light that they were literally floating tin cans!

6. Pam left...
Tuesday, 17 June 2008 1:27 am
Jay, anything in deep water will float! didn't your science teacher tell you that? Even, your BMW, Merc and any other 'western' car.

7. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 17 June 2008 3:29 am :: 
Pam: In this particular case, it wasn't that deep that all cars were floating. Just these two.

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