Workers pick up pace on Floating Market flooding fixes

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City workers install 60 centimeter tunnels to prevent floods near Pattaya Floating Market.
City workers install 60 centimeter tunnels to prevent floods near Pattaya Floating Market.

Pattaya work crews have picked up the pace on new drainage pipes near the Pattaya Floating Market while also targeting blocked drains around the city.

Mayor Anan Charoenchasri ordered the Sanitation and Engineering departments to put in temporary 20-centimeter-wide pipes and a pump to remove flood runoff that has been running into the adjacent neighborhood from land next to the tourist attraction.

Residents along Sukhumvit Soi 83 had complained that Floating Market management has continually filled property it owns near the park, raising it to a higher level than surrounding land. But because the land-filling has been uneven and sporadic, large lakes form after heavy rain.

The lakes then overflow and all the water runs downhill into their yards.

In response, Pattaya began earlier this month laying 40 meters of 60-centimeter-wide pipe to take flood waters to the main drainage pipe on Sukhumvit Road. In addition, the crews are cleaning out the existing drainage pipes of mud and garbage.

Anan also directed workers to check outlets on Beach and Phettrakul roads and Naklua Soi 14/2 for blockages, as well suck out drainage pipes along the railway parallel road.

Soi Nong Plalai also was worked on following complaints about flooding. The work took several days to complete.