Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Supercars grounded in Singapore.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 10:17 AM

The Ferrari (left) and Lamborghini are in the same boat after the St Regis condo basement was flooded. 
SINGAPORE: Not again! Supercar owners join the chorus of dismay as flash floods hit Singapore on Sunday, a year after a series of such floods in the central shopping distict and other parts of Singapore caused chaos throughout the island nation.

A Ferrari 458 Italia and a Lamborghini Gallardo were among the expensive cars that were damaged in the high-class St Regis Residences, which is located near the Orchard Road shopping area.

The Lamborghini is said to be worth about S$800,000 (RM2mil). The value of around 40 cars trapped in St Regis alone ran into millions of dollars.
Tanglin Mall and St Regis bore the brunt of the flash floods that resulted from five hours of rain.

According to the Straits Times, the Public Utilies Board had admitted it failed to issue a flood alert to owners in the two buildings because of a software glitch.

The board had however managed to forewarn other building owners in the bustling Orchard Road area.

Meanwhile, the Singapore government is warning of possibly worse floods this week, even as it ponders the need to relook Singapore’s drainage systems and building codes following the disaster.

Speaking after the year’s worst flood so far, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan said that all planning norms must be reviewed, “taking into account the very high probability that our weather patterns have changed”.

“If we are going to expect sudden and intense precipitation, then it is very likely that our drainage systems must be redesigned to cope with such intense pressures,” he said.

The Government will also be looking at building codes, possibly requiring building owners to do more to flood-proof their buildings if they are located in a flood-prone area.

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