When Buying Properties, Avoid Flood-Prone Areas


If you are still considering buying properties despite this advice, and both HDB prices and private residential prices at historical high, you have to take note of the flooding factor. Ditto if you are renting a place.

Regular flooding is a recent phenomenon in Singapore. After the completion of the marina barrage, which “helped to prevent flooding“, there have been several flash floods in Singapore that caused huge inconvenience and much property damage.

Notably, the basement carparks of at least 2 upmarket condos in Bukit Timah area were completely flooded, destroying the cars that were parked there. I’m not sure if insurance will reimburse those car owners. I remember that immediately after the first serious flash flood (Orchard Road), NTUC Income advertised that it will make good on claims related to flooding (or something to this effect). I have not seen any more such ad after the 2nd and 3rd flash floods (correct me if I’m wrong).

Besides Bukit Timah and Orchard Road, other noteworthy flood-prone areas include Dunearn Road, Thomson Road and Newton area.

Both PM Lee and MM Lee have come out to say that it is impossible to keep Singapore flood-free.

So, brace yourself for future floods.

The PUB has a list of 52 flood-prone zones in Singapore which the Straits Times converted into graphics form:

Avoid flood prone areas when buying or renting properties

  1. Admiralty Road West near Sembawang Shipyard
  2. Alexandra Road/ Jervois Road/ Bishopsgate Road
  3. Amber Road/ East Coast Road
  4. Beach Road (Central Police Division’s Staff Quarters and St John’s Headquarters)
  5. Bedok South Road
  6. Benoi Sector
  7. Bukit Timah Rd/Wilby Road
  8. Cantonment Link/ Keppel Road
  9. Chin Cheng Ave
  10. Clover Park Estate (near the playground)
  11. Commonwealth Ave/ Commonwealth Drive/ Queensway
  12. CTE near Slip Road to Moulmein Road
  13. Delta Road/ River Valley Road/ Delta Avenue
  14. Farnborough Road
  15. Farrer Park Area (includes Thomson Road/ Derbyshire Road)
  16. First Lok Yang Road / International Road/ Benoi Road
  17. Frankel Avenue/ Siglap Plain/ La Salle Street
  18. Hong Kah Area
  19. Indus Road
  20. Jalan Besar Area
  21. Jalan Haji Alias/ Coronation Road West
  22. Jalan Mashor
  23. Jalan Mat Jambol
  24. Jalan Seaview
  25. Jalan Ulu Seletar
  26. Jurong Port Road
  27. Kim Tian Road/ Tiong Bahru Road
  28. King George’s Avenue (People’s Association HQ)
  29. Langsat Road Area
  30. Leng Kee Road
  31. Buangkok
  32. Lorong Chuan (St Gabriel’s Primary School)
  33. Lorong H Telok Kurau
  34. Lower Delta Road/ Alexandra Road
  35. Lowland Road
  36. Margaret Drive/ Tanglin Road
  37. Marymount Lane/ Marymount Road
  38. Meng Suan Road
  39. Mountbatten Road/ Meyer Road/ Fort Road/ Arthur Road/ Margate Road/ Ramsgate Road/ Rose Lane/ Dunman Road Area
  40. Nee Soon Road
  41. Neo Pee Teck Lane
  42. Newton Road/ Lincoln Road/ Surrey Road
  43. Old Lim Chu Kang Road/Jalan Murai
  44. Puay Hee Avenue
  45. Second Chin Bee Road
  46. Service Road off Tampines Road (near Jalan Teliti)
  47. Stevens Road/ Balmoral Road
  48. Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre off Beatty Road
  49. Upper East Coast Road/ Bayshore Road
  50. Upper Hokkien Street/ Upper Pickering Street/ South Bridge Road/ Spring Street/ Sago Lane
  51. Viking Road
  52. Waterloo Street/ Albert Street/ Bencoolen Street/ Prinsep Street

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