Ankle-deep floods fail to deter patrons from going about their business at Marine Parade Central

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Ankle-deep floods fail to deter patrons from going about their business at Marine Parade Central

Thunderstorms late last week caused flooding in many parts of the country, including Marine Parade. On Saturday morning, July 7, patrons of Hua Hua Eating House in Marine Parade Central had to contend with ankle-deep brackish water that entered the restaurant due to the floods.

Nevertheless, they remained calm and just went about their business, tucking their feet up as they finished their meals.

Ismail Kassim, who was once the political correspondent for the Straits Times, and is now retired, was present during the flooding, and was able to catch on camera the rising waters in the shop, as well as the patrons calmly going about their business. He posted photos of this on Facebook on Saturday night not just once but twice, including as well as a picture of his own feet and shoes, which he sought to keep dry.

His caption at 8:16pm was,

“Help
Flood water invading
Marine Parade coffee shop
Water rising fast
Help….”

And then at 8:51 he wrote,

“After one hour
Still stranded
Flood water have no respect
Even the Goliath Marine lair
Gets its fair share of the floods
Is this the Swiss standard
By 2020 you promised us.”

The Marine Parade Central Food Centre has had to contend with flooding in the past, even as recently as 2013, when flash floods caused smelly water to invade the area up to 10 centimeters deep. This may be the reason why the patrons of Hua Hua Eating House dealt with the situation so calmly, since it is not their first time to have to put up with flooding.

Mr. Kassim’s post has been shared many times, with commenters poking fun at the situation

Fortunately, a while later, Mr. Kassim posted that the waters were receding