Town council activates workers to help after ceiling Bendemeer Market leaks during heavy rain

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Water came through the ceiling of Bendemeer Market And Food Centre during a downpour at around 9am on Saturday (Sep 8).

In videos taken by a Stomper who was helping out at one of the stalls, water is seen leaking from various parts of the ceiling.

People are also seen shifting things out of the way of the downpour.

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The Stomper said: "The leaking ceiling affects business since people wouldn't want to walk there already.

"And the things might not be as fresh, for example, the stallholder of the vegetable stall had to keep the veggies so that it wouldn't be drenched by the water.

"So the veggies take longer to be sold and it might not be as fresh then.

"I was also worried that someone would be electrocuted because the rain kena the fan, but luckily there was no electric shock."

In response to a Stomp query, Jalan Besar Town Council said: "Due to the heavy downpour early Saturday morning (Sep 8), the volume of water overflowed the gutters on the roof of Bendemeer Market. This led to rainwater leaking into the market.

"Upon being alerted, the town council immediately activated its workers to render assistance to the affected stallholders.

"We will take the opportunity during the market washing later this month, when the stalls are closed, to check the gutters and carry out repairs where necessary. 

"Additionally, we have appointed an architect to study the rainwater discharge system and to make recommendations for improvement. 

"We thank stallholders and shoppers for their understanding and patience in this matter."