City digging temporary reservoir along railroad to alleviate flooding

Friday, 04 July 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 27 By  Urasin Khantaraphan & Surasak Huasoon

Pattaya’s Public Works Division is digging a temporary reservoir along the railway line in another attempt to alleviate flooding in the city.

The reservoir will act as a holding basin to provide a flood barrier between outlying areas and the inner city. It is being dug 3 meters wide by 3 meters deep, and will run for 2.5 kilometers along the railway road from Soi Khao Noi to Soi Khao Talo.  It is slated to hold 100,000 square meters of water.

Pattaya’s Public Works Division is digging a 2.5 kilometer temporary reservoir along the railway line in another attempt to alleviate flooding in the city.  Itthiphol said this new canal should be able to hold about 50% of all rain water headed toward lower levels in the city, but he admitted that if heavy rains last longer than 30 minutes, then the water will flood Sukhumvit Road between South and Central Pattaya. Slated to hold 100,000 square meters of water, the digging should be done by next week.Pattaya’s Public Works Division is digging a 2.5 kilometer temporary reservoir along the railway line in another attempt to alleviate flooding in the city.  Itthiphol said this new canal should be able to hold about 50% of all rain water headed toward lower levels in the city, but he admitted that if heavy rains last longer than 30 minutes, then the water will flood Sukhumvit Road between South and Central Pattaya. Slated to hold 100,000 square meters of water, the digging should be done by next week.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay is supervising the project, a cooperative effort between Pattaya City, the State Railway of Thailand, King Mongkut’s University of Technology and authorities from various related organizations.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome visited the construction site on June 24, saying that the city has been working to improve floodways by laying new drainage pipes and cleaning out canals to let water flow more freely.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and his entourage of government officials and media visited the construction site on June 24, saying that the city has been working to improve floodways by laying new drainage pipes and cleaning out canals to let water flow more freely.Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and his entourage of government officials and media visited the construction site on June 24, saying that the city has been working to improve floodways by laying new drainage pipes and cleaning out canals to let water flow more freely.

Itthiphol said this new canal should be able to hold about 50% of all rain water headed toward lower levels in the city, but he admitted that if heavy rains last longer than 30 minutes, then the water will flood Sukhumvit Road between South and Central Pattaya.

Verawat said that this project is being done without a budget, as the city is doing the work itself through the Public Works Division. He said it will take about 2 weeks to complete.

Verawat also said this is only a temporary solution to the flood problem, as the canal will not be lined with concrete, and instead left as dirt. It cannot be made permanent due to future plans for a second railway track.

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