Sep 29 2011

Chiang Mai flooding September 29

Published by at 10:13 am under Health & safety

There was actually a bit of a festive air down by Chiang Mai’s Ping this morning  — not that the poor folks with homes and businesses along the riverside or in the worse hit suburbs downstream would have been in party moods — but locals and tourists turned out en masse with cameras and videos to capture the more spectacular sights and stand around chatting in the sunshine.

Even the monks had cameras

Even the monks had cameras.

Maybe a lot of people were just relieved that the damage was considerably less than it could have been? Water levels in some places had already gone down by this morning from an overnight high, though in other areas appeared to be rising. Sandbagging and pumps seem to have been effective in the Worarot district and Chiang Mii and Tha Pae Roads were free of water, though east of the river levels were definitely increasing. (see Chiang Mai street map here.)

Water still pouring into Charoeung Muang Rd

Water still pouring into Charoeung Muang Road.

The night bazaar had around 20-30 cms of water as did Charoen Prathet Road and Loi Kroh, from around Soi 2 eastwards, some 3040 cms. Many of the sois (side streets) off Loi Kroh were also inundated, though passable.

Night bazaar

Night bazaar. Only day. And flooded.

Loi Kroh at junction with Kamphaeng Din Road

Loi Kroh at junction with Kamphaeng Din Road.

Conditions worsened however moving south and Sridonchai Road was up to waste depth in parts with reports of 1.5m  levels down Chang Klan Road. East of the Ping Charoen Rat Road was under 50 cm to a metre of water but the worst-hit areas seemed to be the southern suburbs close to the river, such as Nong Hoi, and we could see army and council trucks plus boats evacuating citizens from that direction.

Rescuing flooded out families from further downstream

Rescuing flooded out families from further downstream.

The Ping was still very high — in fact it was only being held back by sandbags in some places — and though blue skies and sun may temporarily help dry out downtown somewhat, what happens will depend upon the weather further upstream.

Ping water level at Worarot - c 1m higher than street level!

Ping (right) water level at Worarot -- 1m higher than street level!

The current in the river itself is very strong so do not approach the river and be careful walking around — there are certainly holes and varied obstructions hidden under the brown flood water. Sewers have backed up so flood water is potentially pretty filthy so rinse off with heavy duty soap afterwards  — oh and keep away from any cables or anything electric too!

Tra la la.....

Tra la la.....

Scooters with flooded engines can be seen stalled on every street corner!

Scooters with flooded engines can be seen stalled on every street corner.

Anything for a photo...

Anything for a photo...

Riverside spectators at Worarot

Riverside spectators at Worarot.

Nawarat Bridge at 11.00 am

Nawarat Bridge at 11:00.

Kamphaeng Din Rd

Kamphaeng Din Road.

Massage - air/con room - slightly damp!

Massage in air-con room; slightly damp!

Tuk-tuk driver and partner had even put their 'songkran' gear on

Tuk-tuk driver and partner had even put their Songkran gear on.

Anyway… train services were still halted today though flights were as per normal and we’ve not heard of any major road disruptions. That’s all for now — and take care out there. (Note: info and photos as of around midday local time, September 29).

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  1. Alexon 29 Sep 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Well its 2:30am and we have just put all our furniture up to the second level at our house in Nong Hoi. We live in Moo Baan Heuan Payakham and have been watching the water slowly creep up our driveway all day. Looks like we’ll be completely surrounded by tomorrow. Does anyone know if the water is predicted to continue to rise?

  2. Markon 30 Sep 2011 at 1:15 am

    Wouldn’t like to say Alex – lots of conflicting rumours. Best of luck to you anyway!