Beach Road pumps flunk first test

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Flood water gushes out from Pattaya Soi 6 and 6/1, flooding Beach Road and carving out huge trenches in the sandy beach opposite. The much-vaunted new pumps installed to solve Beach Road’s incessant flooding problem flunked their first test, as a Halloween downpour proved too much for equipment operating near Soi 6.

The much-vaunted new pumps installed to solve Beach Road’s incessant flooding problem flunked their first test, as a Halloween downpour proved too much for equipment operating near Soi 6.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay and Sanitation Engineering Department workers went to the beach between sois 6 and 6/1 Oct. 31 to see for themselves how the four high-power pumps struggled to keep up with the heavy runoff from the latest storm to thrash the city.

Flood water gushes out from Pattaya Soi 6 and 6/1, flooding Beach Road and carving out huge trenches in the sandy beach opposite. The much-vaunted new pumps installed to solve Beach Road’s incessant flooding problem flunked their first test, as a Halloween downpour proved too much for equipment operating near Soi 6. Flood water gushes out from Pattaya Soi 6 and 6/1, flooding Beach Road and carving out huge trenches in the sandy beach opposite. The much-vaunted new pumps installed to solve Beach Road’s incessant flooding problem flunked their first test, as a Halloween downpour proved too much for equipment operating near Soi 6.

Verawat acknowledged that the quantity of water was too much for the four pumps. Beach Road, thus, backed up again, with water reaching into the tire wells of pickup trucks and drowning motorbikes.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome oversaw the installation of the pumps at three places along Beach Road Oct. 23. Four pumps are located at the foot of Soi 6 – one of the worst-hit flood areas – two across from Central Festival Pattaya Beach and one at the entrance of Walking Street.

Soi Bongkot, South Pattaya.Soi Bongkot, South Pattaya.

Soi 6 was given special attention as, for years, water has raced down that street and adjacent Soi 6/1 and carved out huge trenches in the sandy beach opposite.

The new pumps can handle 550 cu. meters of water per hour and shuttle it into huge pipes that feed into the sea. Public officials proclaimed the pumps would solve flooding problems temporarily while the city works on long-term solutions.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay and Sanitation Engineering Department director Wirat Jeerasreephaibhul inspect the flooding situation, and how well the pumps were, or weren’t, working across from Pattaya Soi 6.Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay and Sanitation Engineering Department director Wirat Jeerasreephaibhul inspect the flooding situation, and how well the pumps were, or weren’t, working across from Pattaya Soi 6.

Verawat said city staffers were working around the clock to drain the water to the sea to restore the streets to normal.

Meanwhile, the rest of the city and surrounding areas were flooded, too. The water was as deep as 40-60cm in some areas of Sukhumvit, once again bringing traffic to a near standstill. Most major roads and many side-sois were also flooded and in many places impassible.

It took up to 2 hours for the floodwaters to subside after the rain had stopped.

Pattaya was shrouded in black clouds on Halloween afternoon, occasionally lit up by spectacular lightning. (Photo by Thanawat “King” Suansuk)Pattaya was shrouded in black clouds on Halloween afternoon, occasionally lit up by spectacular lightning.
(Photo by Thanawat “King” Suansuk)

Photo taken from the Pattaya Mail offices on Thepprasit Road, facing towards Pattaya Beach. (Photo by Thanawat “King” Suansuk)Photo taken from the Pattaya Mail offices on Thepprasit Road, facing towards Pattaya Beach.
(Photo by Thanawat “King” Suansuk)

Pattaya Soi 5.Pattaya Soi 5.

Pattaya Soi 7.Pattaya Soi 7.

The water was as deep as 40-60cm in some areas of Sukhumvit.The water was as deep as 40-60cm in some areas of Sukhumvit.

The current was too much for these parked motorbikes.The current was too much for these parked motorbikes.

Walking Street.Walking Street.

Soi Phettrakul, North Pattaya.Soi Phettrakul, North Pattaya.