Nature’s wrath takes toll on roads

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The result of nature’s wrath was on full display in Pattaya as three days of rain left behind potholes, other road damage and eroded beaches.

The drainage tunnel under the railway-parallel road near Park Villa overflowed by more than 50 centimeters Sept. 23 and took hours to drain.
The drainage tunnel under the railway-parallel road near Park Villa overflowed by more than 50 centimeters Sept. 23 and took hours to drain.

The rain was so torrential – and the runoff so deep – that the drainage tunnel under the railway-parallel road near Park Villa overflowed by more than 50 centimeters Sept. 23.  It took hours for the box culvert installed under Sukhumvit Soi 21 to clear, as the floodwater came from all directions.

The drainage tunnel under Soi Mabyailia 2 Nongyai also overflowed and required Pattaya engineers to install a pump to drain it.

Nongyai residents meanwhile had to use sandbags provided by city hall to block off the flooding along the main road and to prevent water from streaming through their homes.

The floods also left behind piles of garbage strewn along nearly every street, as sewers backed up and rivers of runoff streamed through area dumps.

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