Heavy rain floods shops and hawker stalls in Clementi

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A coffee shop at Block 380 Clementi Avenue 5 was flooded with rainwater yesterday (May 1), at about 10.20am.

In a video submitted by a Stomper, people were seen holding their shoes in their hands as they waded in the water that reached up to their ankles.

The Stomper said: "The flooding occurred at the coffee shop at Block 380 and at surrounding shops as well."

"This always happens whenever the drain starts to choke." 

Stallholders at the Block 448 Clementi Market and Food Centre in Clementi Avenue 3 were also affected.

The roof at the food centre has vents that are designed for ventilation but rainwater came down through them.

Jurong GRC MP Tan Wu Meng, along with Jurong-Clementi town council officers and Clementi grassroots leaders visited hawkers at a coffee shop at Block 449, and another coffee shop at Block 325 following the floods.

"The rain has subsided and the flooding has abated," Mr Tan wrote in a Facebook post.

"It was an unusually heavy downpour today, which overwhelmed existing drainage arrangements.

"But with global warming and climate change, past rainfall patterns may not predict the future."

He said he has asked the town council to work with the shop owners and hawkers to see how drainage can be improved.

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