Mother’s Day storm leaves Beach Road flooded

Friday, 24 August 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 34 By  Vittaya Yoondorn

The Mother’s Day storm that washed away Pattaya’s annual parade left a lasting impression, depositing more than 10 centimeters of water on Beach Road before the city’s inadequate drainage system could remove it.

Rain fell for more than two hours Aug. 12 as storm clouds covered most of the Eastern Seaboard.

Flooding hit other areas as well, including Sukhumvit Road, which had about five centimeters of standing water, and south and central Pattaya, which had about eight centimeters flowing over sidewalks.

Hours after the rain had stopped, Beach Road was still flooded. Hours after the rain had stopped, Beach Road was still flooded.

Backed up drains, of course, were the main cause of the flooding, not an amount of rain most cities could handle effortlessly. Foul water stunk up streets around Beach Road from sois 3-9. It took hours longer than the storm itself for the drainage system to catch up.

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