1 hour of rain, 3 hours of flooding

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2017

Rainy season is setting in again and that means its back to flooding as usual, with just an hour of rain June 5 leaving the Pattaya paralyzed.

The usual areas, such as Third Road, were 30-60 centimeters deep in storm runoff while the Soi Sompoi-Sukhumvit area was littered with disabled low-hung vehicles and motorbikes.

Plastic bags, Styrofoam cups and all sorts of rubbish were seen clogging the drainage outlet near Soi Khao Noy.
Plastic bags, Styrofoam cups and all sorts of rubbish were seen clogging the drainage outlet near Soi Khao Noy.

At the intersection near the Mum Aroi restaurant on Third Road, people needed a boat to cross the street.

Sois Khao Noi and Khao Talo became running rivers with water streaming downhill toward the railway and Soi Nernplabwan was hard hit as well.

However, Pattaya authorities were seen out and about with pumps to help drain the floods. Beach Road showed little improvement from the installation of three new drainage pipes earlier this year.

Sompop Wandee, director of Pattaya Water Department, said the Nongprue area was badly hit as well and took about two hours after the rain stopped for the flooding to ease. Sanitation workers were out in force clearing drains of garbage.

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