Liat Towers has installed and tested a new anti-flood system, in time for the wetter weather ahead.
This is to prevent another episode of flooding, which caused severe damages to its basement shops in June.
So the building’s management has installed a S$200,000 flood barrier system.
Liat Towers receives heavy rain warnings from PUB through SMS alerts. A security officer will then do a visual check to determine if flood waters are threatening the building and if the barriers are needed.
“To activate the flood barriers, they only need to turn a key switch. Once the key switch is turned, a horn will sound an alarm. At the same time an audio warning system will be activated to tell people to move away,” said Jwee Quek, project manager at Parafoil.
And 19 panels will spring from the ground to surround the building. This will act as a barrier against a possible flood.
Each panel can hold up to 260 gallons of water, and once the weather clears up, the water will be discharged into an underground canal.
A similar anti-flood system is currently being installed in a condominium along Bukit Timah – an area which is prone to flooding.
The Orchard Road area was badly hit by flash floods in June and July this year, causing serious damage to some retail stores in the area.
Source : Channel NewsAsia – 22 Dec 2010