Here comes the rain again … and the flooding

Thursday, 03 October 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 40 By  Boonlua Chatree - Photos by Theerarak Suthathiwong

The heart of rainy season has arrived and with it, Pattaya’s annual flooding problems have returned.

Hour-long downpours in the wee morning hours of Sept. 30, then again in the evening of the same day, inundated city streets as drains again proved incapable of doing their jobs. Runoff washed downhill, where it created the river formerly known as Beach Road.

The usual traffic problems ensued, with foolish drivers confusing their motorbikes for jet skis stalling and amazed tourists sitting in idled baht buses trying not to breathe in fumes from backed up sewage.

Cars are not meant to work as amphibious vehicles, as these drivers certainly found out. Cars are not meant to work as amphibious vehicles, as these drivers certainly found out.

Traffic on Sukhumvit was also backed up, as the usual low spot between South Road and Central Road became a lake.

Elsewhere, North Pattaya Road, Soi Buakaow, Soi AR, and South Pattaya Road near Tuk Com were also flooded, causing the traffic to freeze. Some vehicles suffered engine failure trying to pass through the flooded roads.

Not even the holy were spared.  This statue of the late ‘Luang Por Boonmee’ at Phothisamphan Pitthayakhan School was knocked off its stand by a giant 30 year old tree that fell during the storm.  Luang Por Boonmee was the abbot of Wat Photisampan Temple and was the founder of the school. He is very much revered by the teachers and students.Not even the holy were spared.  This statue of the late ‘Luang Por Boonmee’ at Phothisamphan Pitthayakhan School was knocked off its stand by a giant 30 year old tree that fell during the storm.  Luang Por Boonmee was the abbot of Wat Photisampan Temple and was the founder of the school. He is very much revered by the teachers and students.

Police, the Department of Disaster Prevention personal and volunteer police were called out in force to try and direct traffic and assist stalled vehicles.

The heavy rains also took a toll on Pattaya Beach, eroding sand along the entire stretch.

It’s the same old story, and with more rainy season to come, it looks like we might be in for a soggy October.

The heavy rains also took a toll on Pattaya Beach, eroding sand along the entire stretch.The heavy rains also took a toll on Pattaya Beach, eroding sand along the entire stretch.

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