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Mayor Chalermlak Kebsub believes Patong flooding can be beaten

Patong Floods Can be Beaten in 30 Minutes, Says Mayor

Friday, June 19, 2015
PHUKET: Patong Mayor Chalermlak Kebsub guaranteed today that her city's most photographed flooded area will be cleared of water within 30 minutes in future.

Time-lapse cameras are likely to be in place around the Kathu Police Station where a nearby canal frequently overflows during heavy downpours, leaving officers to wade to work.

''This is my first year as mayor during the floods period and we are working hard to beat it,'' Mayor Chalermlak said.

Backhoes are being used to dig out canals so water flow can become greater, she said.

''Unfortunately the downpours also interrupt this work,'' she said. ''We also not have pumps ready for use that can clear the area of water in 30 minutes.''

A sluice-gate system is also in development so that greater volumes of excessive water can be held back temporarily once budget is available next year.

The mayor and officials toured the canals today warning residents not to build extension that might interfere with the flow of water or access to canals.

Under previous administrations, approval was given for building projects that in some cases block natural waterways.

The mayor met residents at a megastore today and plans to continue regular monthly meetings around the Patong district.


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Flood during 30 minutes is enough to wreck cars, motorcycles and electric and electronic equipments.

Posted by Whistle-Blower on June 19, 2015 14:32


If a house is flooded in 5, 30 or 60 minutes doesn't really matter, the damage is already done.

Reopening the covered natural waterways or sufficient drains to replace these, is the only acceptable solution.

Posted by Sherlock on June 19, 2015 15:41


Dear Mayor,
You may be right or wrong but I wonder who provided the technical expertise upon which you base this statement.

As Sherlock and WB state, a flood is a flood, time is just the period of the inconvenience.

Posted by MoW on June 19, 2015 16:07


Whistle-Blower, your socks and knickers will also get wet, but in your case I think your knickers are simply in a twist.

Posted by Laurie Howells on June 19, 2015 18:01


Sweet promises given with a serious face never help, action is what is needed.
When Patong starts to restore the natural waterways?
I think it is a matter of years and than the next Mayor also will say: " This is my first year as mayor", when the flooding still happen.

Posted by Kurt on June 19, 2015 21:42


As per other comments, the solution is to reopen the waterways to stop the floods happening in the first place.

Perhaps those developments given "permission" to block the waterways that has caused this problem would like to contribute some money to pay for the water issue to be fixed.

Just a thought.....

Posted by Discover Thainess on June 20, 2015 06:44


Patong's pyramid system is coming down.
As long as the flooding problem exists Patong I'm willing to give any serious solution the benefit of my doubt! Because there is nothing better to do or try anyhow. The authority who put the finger on the spot by admitting and naming (not shaming Yet) what went wrong and who did wrong in the passed is clearly showing a change. A change in attitude and mentality and such an authority gives me hope that improvement and therewith a solution is coming. All Patong's wrongdoing are part of an old feudial Pyramid system what benefitted and enriched always some happy few and captured the poor to stay the poor. However the poor (average Thai) are waking up. They start seeing who are / is behind all this evil. Once these good Thai are awake the bad guys will flee. Those who have empowered and enriched themself in a Greedy way over the passed years are starting to feel that the power of the people. The average Thai, no lower believe and accept the greedy actions and behaviour of the selfish, arrogant and greedy bosses. The greedy puppet masters are starting to feel and getting afraid! They know since shortly! Times are turning! For the greedy monsters it is now time to change! Bent or Burst. Don't stop the water flow! Let nature take it over again! Admit your wrong doings. Mayor you are on the right track. Keep doing so. You can realise a lot in your remaining years! Oposite parties are fearing, giving up and some left or are preparing to go in hiding mood or packing to follow a notorious fugitive in Dubai or Montenegro.

Posted by phuketgreed on June 20, 2015 09:59


Why did they wait until the wet had started?

Posted by Chalongresident on June 20, 2015 10:56

Editor Comment:

No floods in the dry season . . .


Everything from Soi 200 pee road (2nd road) to Narnai and Sai Nam Yen used to be uncultivated rice paddies in the 1980's. There was no flooding as it used to be a natural sink for heavy rain.
It is now all gone and paved in concrete.
The flooding problem cannot be fixed. Even if you clear the existing drains and add new ones, the water will only exit to the sea during low tide.

Posted by Sir Burr on June 20, 2015 11:15


We need more Irish tourists to substitute for the old uncultivated rice paddies.

Posted by MoW on June 20, 2015 11:52


Just a 30 minute flood already will block the hard working police officers in their Patong Station to be out of office work for a whole day on the ground floor.

Posted by Kurt on June 20, 2015 15:54


"in the future" leaves it wide open

Posted by mike on June 20, 2015 21:35


Phuketgreed, your comment that attempts to link the local problems to the former PM Thaksin demonstrates thatyou have no understanding of local politics. Phuket and the surrounding corrupt region aka the corruption triangle, have never supported, nor been aligned with the former PM Thaksin. Their allegiance has always been with another group. I suggest you ask the small number of families who own much of the commercial real estate in Patong what is gong on. Better yet, why don't you take a trip to Surat Thani and ask Mr. Big.

Posted by Ryan on June 20, 2015 21:50

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