THE DDPM said at 12.10pm that smaller saloon cars could now cope with flooding in Phuket's Thepkasattri Road after a surprise rise in water levels from 10.30am forced them to suggest alternative routes.
PHUKET: Authorities warned today that Phuket's main road had become impassable because of flooding, with diversions suggested for travellers going to and from Phuket International Airport.
Saloon cars could not make it through along Thepkasattri Road in Thalang district, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation warned in social networks.
A sudden inflow of water from surrounding hills had made the holiday island's main route impassable with travellers to the the airport advised to detour right through the Pak Lok loop road.
Travellers coming from Phuket International Airport were being advised to turn right into Don Chom Tao Road, then return to Phuket City through Surin, Kamala and Patong.
Forecasters predict more rain.
Scortes of families unable to access their homes in Nai Yang, south of the airport, because of flooding were being helped today by Royal Thai Navy personnel and Marine Police providing dinghy services as rain continued to fall.