Elevated apartment complex causing flood problem on Soi Kophai

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A Pattaya deputy mayor inspected the Soi Kophai Community, trying to determine the source of repeated flooding and assure residents that city hall was on the case.

Verawat Khakhay toured the South Pattaya neighborhood June 17 following numerous complaints about flooding caused by contractors piling up soil, turning some streets into lakes during heavy rain.

Verawat and workers from the Sanitation Engineering Department performed a full inspection, finding that contractors are building an apartment complex and that its foundation was raised higher than surrounding houses.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay (2nd left) lets head of operations Annan Chongko (left) know that residents nearby are being affected when it rains. Annan agreed to cooperate to find a way to resolve the problem.Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay (2nd left) lets head of operations Annan Chongko (left) know that residents nearby are being affected when it rains. Annan agreed to cooperate to find a way to resolve the problem.

The contractors created slopes all around the apartment complex so it couldn’t be affected by the rain, but didn’t consider the impact the cascading water would have on neighbors.

Contractors were summoned to a meeting discuss the problem with resident Nirandorn Saithong, whose home was close to the place being built, and the deputy mayor.

Head of operations Annan Chongko said he is now aware that residents nearby are being affected when it rains and agreed to cooperate to find a way to resolve the problem.

Annan said that Nirandorn can use the company’s electric pump to drain floodwaters from his property.

Wastewater pipes are to be installed soon, so the water flow will be re-directed to a different location.