A construction project to reduce flooding in North Pattaya actually made flooding worse over the weekend.
Deputy Mayor Manote Nongyai and engineers from the Pattaya Waterworks Authority visited the Third Road “Mum Aroi” intersection, one of the most commonly flooded spots in Pattaya.
Torrential rain on Oct. 9 flooded the entire area, with water backing up on to Phetchtrakul Road. Unlike the past, the water didn’t drain after a couple of hours. And residents were furious.
The problem, as it turned out, was the PWA contractor working to eliminate flooding at the intersection and on Phetchtrakul did its work so sloppily, that it blocked the only available route for the rainfall to drain.
In addition, the contractor failed to return the road surface to motorists and left soil piled on the street. That sand ended up in the drainage pipes, blocking them.
Manote told the contractors to immediately clean up their mess and return the roadway to users. In addition, the company must get prior approval from city hall before digging up any more roads.