As rainy season kicks in, unfulfilled storm-drain repair means more flooding for Pattaya

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A day long series of rain showers left many parts of Pattaya under a sheet of standing water.

A low-pressure system over the Andaman Sea caused heavy showers early May 8 and continued with intermittent showers throughout the day. Despite many unfulfilled pledges by Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome to remedy the city’s flood-drainage problem, the steady stream of water couldn’t drain fast enough.

Stagnant water on Pattaya Second Road, Soi 6, over 7 m long and 4 cm deep. Stagnant water on Pattaya Second Road, Soi 6, over 7 m long and 4 cm deep.

Sidewalks along Sukhumvit Road, Jomtien Beach Road and Pattaya Beach Road were covered in several centimeters of water. A stretch of Second Road near Soi 6 remained flooded for about seven meters with floating trash only tarnishing the city’s image even more.

With city officials unable or unwilling to back up their promises of improvements, more flooding is inevitable. As the rainy season kicks in, Pattaya residents will have to do the work bureaucrats are being paid for and remove garbage and take extra caution anytime it rains.