More rain, more flooding

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Residents wonder when Pattaya officials will take problem seriously

Another rain storm, another bout of uncontrolled flooding: It was the same old story this week in Pattaya, where officials continue to neglect high-water problems that repeatedly damage city homes and businesses.

More than two hours of torrential rain June 13 paralyzed downtown Pattaya, with knee-deep water drowning many of the sois between Beach and Second roads and traffic gridlocked on major thoroughfares as nearly a meter of water stalled motorbikes and cars from South Road to well past Central Festival Pattaya Beach.

Another rain storm, another bout of uncontrolled flooding - torrential rain June 13 paralyzed downtown Pattaya, with knee-deep water drowning many of the sois between Beach and Second roads.Another rain storm, another bout of uncontrolled flooding – torrential rain June 13 paralyzed downtown Pattaya, with knee-deep water drowning many of the sois between Beach and Second roads.

The morning gale also brought down trees throughout the area, including several large ones in the public park near Soi 13/1, where felled trees blocked walkways.

But it was the flooding that angered most people, who believe the city has done too little to remedy persistent deluges. Nearly three hours after most of the rain had stopped, water lapped over Second Road sidewalks from The Avenue Galleria to Soi Diana, fed by raging rivers of storm water venting from side sois.

Unfortunately, because the city has done virtually nothing to remedy drain backups near The Avenue for more than two years, the high water was expected. The same could not be said for the even-higher water levels seen from Tipp Plaza to Central Festival, where the city previously taken a stab or two at clearing drains for the marquee shopping mall.

This week, however, even Central Festival was plagued by water racing into the underground parking garage and up to the mall’s entrance.

Down the road, staff at the Siam Bay View blocked off the Second Road entrance with sandbags to hold back the water. Owners of small roadside shops, bars and restaurants weren’t as lucky, putting up valuables on tables and fighting back floods with brooms.

An early morning storm on Friday, June 10 also caused flooding throughout the area, and especially in South Pattaya.

Shopkeepers and residents alike wondered why Pattaya’s government has done so little to solve the flooding when the problems are so obvious. The fact that city drain-cleaning trucks sat unmanned and empty just down the street only added insult to injury.