Heavy rain undermined the foundation of large brick wall allegedly made shaky by reckless contractors in East Pattaya, sending it tumbling down with the latest storm.
Raymond Crosby, 65, reported the collapse at his home in Green Field Villa 2 on Soi Khao Noi Oct. 26. No one was injured.
Living with his 50-year-old wife there for seven years, Crosby said a housing project was built next door earlier this year and dirt was filled to half the height of the wall on his property line before a compactor was run over the soil to flatten it.
The roofs of a new housing project have been built so close to the boundary, when it rains, large amounts of water pours into the homes of residents in Green Field Villa 2. The wall the contractor created also fell down.
It also caused parts of the walk running along his and others’ homes to tilt slightly. He said neighbors complained, but no one compensated them nor repaired the damage.
Later on, the contractors returned to build brick walls along the boundary, pushing the residents of Green Field Villa even more. The roofs of the new housing project happened to be very close to the boundary and when it rains, large amounts of water would pour directly into the homes of residents of Green Field Villa 2. The committee members of Green Field Villa 2 went to speak to the contractor again, asking him to install gutters to the homes, but it was once again refused because they claimed to have built a water way for the rain water to flow into the streets.
Crosby’s house became the area where a large amount of rain water would gather because his home is located near the corner of the new housing project. Last week, when a storm hit Pattaya, a lot of damage was caused to his home as everything was under water due to the massive amount of rain water that came streaming through from the new housing project.
It was then the wall collapsed.
Police were contacted, but they said they cannot do anything about it because it was caused by nature. Crosby said he doesn’t know what to do or who to contact because all they say is it was caused by natural forces.