Unaccustomed to rain this time of year, Pattaya residents were caught in unexpected flooding in South Pattaya, showing that, despite months of dry weather, Pattaya City Hall has done nothing to alleviate storm-drainage problems.
As usual, it took as little as two hours of steady, but not torrential, rain to paralyze the intersection of South and Sukhumvit roads with a meter of water.
Here we go again! A relatively small bit of mango rains last week caused big flooding throughout town, catching City Hall off guard. One can only hope the recent floods are a blessing in disguise in that this will prompt City Hall to clean out the storm drains before the real rainy season hits.
Both lanes were inundated with water springing up from the drainage pipes, which couldn’t release water into the sea fast enough. Water flooded roads and surrounding homes and damaged many cars and motorcycles.
Problems also surfaced in the usual spots in downtown Pattaya, from Second Road near Soi 11 & 12 and Third Road. The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation rushed in water pumps, but to little result.
The episode was a nasty reminder of the weeks of flooding Pattaya incurred during the rainy season and promises made by city officials to clean out drains and improve on a dismal record of flood relief. While skies have been clear nearly every day since early November, apparently nothing has been done to clear the drains.