Date Published: 20 Jan 2000
The Ministry of the Environment and the Meteorological Service would like to advise the public that based on our experience of the extreme high tides in Dec 99 which resulted from the coincidence of normal high tides and strong north-east monsoon winds in the South China Sea, we can expect higher than normal tides from 21 Jan - 25 Jan 2000. The predicted high tide levels of 3.1 and 3.2 metres on these days are likely to be exceeded by between 0.1 and 0.3 metres.
Freak floods, if they do occur, are not likely to be as widespread as on the 22nd and 23rd of December last year. However, ENV would like to advise shopowners and residents in low-lying areas to take precautionary measures to protect their belongings.
Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling along low-lying roads which are prone to flooding under extreme high tide conditions. These roads include Upper Pickering Street, Upper Hokien Street, Circular Road, Kim Seng Road, Meyer Road, Stadium Road, Dunman Road and Guillemard Road.
Joint News Release by ENV/MSS