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COMPANY CHARGED FOR UNAUTHORISED DRAIN WORKS THAT CAUSED PASIR RIS FLOOD

The flooding at a Pasir Ris traffic junction made the headlines back in August, with 1 person ending up hospitalised and 5 more needed to be rescued by the SCDF.

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At least 13 vehicles were found to be submerged partially in the water.

The incident happened at the junction of Tampines Avenue 10 and Pasir Ris Drive 12.

Facing 3 charges

The Samwoh Corporation was charged on 9 November with 3 counts of altering a drain, obstructing the flow of a stormwater drainage system, and building openings in the drain without approval or a certificate of clearance.

They are being accused of altering a drain at the junction by taking away an existing 1.8m wide, 4m deep drain and allegedly replacing it with a shallower one that was 3m deep.

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they are also being accused of erecting scaffolds while building the new drain and obstructing the flow of the stormwater drainage system.

The company allegedly continued placing the scaffolds inside even after the drain was built, as well as building two drain openings to channel water from the new drain to the existing drain.

They had done the latter without approval.

One of the openings of the drain was too small and the other one was incomplete, affecting the entire stormwater drainage system.

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