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A tree topples onto powerlines near Tourist Police HQ in Phuket City

Phuket Deep in Wet: Patong One-Way Becomes Two-Way

Thursday, June 7, 2012
Latest UPDATE

A Phuketwan reporter in downtown Phuket City said today that major canals in Phuket's capital were full to overflowing and some parts of the Phuket Town area had already succumbed to major flooding. A heavy storm in the afternoon did the damage.

Original Report

PHUKET: Police declared Patong's one-way loop open to two-way traffic and called up volunteers as Phuket coped with extraordinary torrents in extraorinary ways today.

Torrents of water lashed the holiday island today - with major flooding reported all over Phuket, especially in downtown Phuket City and Patong.

And the forecast is for more storms between now and next Wednesday.

There were brief interludes between the long bursts of storms and strong wind gusts, but it seemed at times as though Phuket was destined for a 40-day deluge.

Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha called for special caution in areas of landslip risk and small boats were again warned not to put to sea.

Floods brought traffic chaos and toppling trees brought down powerlines, plunging some districts of Phuket City into darkness for the second time in two days.

In Patong, the drains have been enlarged to cope with most normal flooding but today's drenching left police with no choice except to make the one-way a two-way - and to throw reserve volunteers into the streets to manage the chaos.

Kathu Police Station Superintendent Colonel Sermphan Sirikong said the two-way would stay in place for the duration of the flooding.

A large tree that toppled near Tourist Police headquarters in Yaowarat Road, Phuket City, brought emergency electricity workers out in force to repair the damage, as they have been doing for days in storm after storm.

A risk warning is in place for Phuket, Ranong, Phang Nga and five other southern provinces being affected by the severe monsoon trough.

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What a shame... Another of the iconic trees that line the Rawai beach road has been claimed by the sea. The sea also began to claim a street light (probably live and will shock someone) and the edge of the road is starting to crack at the curb.

It is very disappointing that nothing is done to rebuild the seawall and prevent the loss of such beautiful trees.

Also, Villa/Home Pro lost almost the entire huge canopy!!! A large chunk of the towering support broke off too!!!

Photos???

Posted by Ty on June 7, 2012 18:39

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We were without power for 12 hours today in Rawai. I noticed at Kata Beach the sea had taken back many of the beach vendor and massage huts. Waves were reaching the sea wall, which I have never seen here before.

Posted by Joe on June 7, 2012 22:06

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Living in Thailand and especially in Phuket you must accept that illogical is normal. Nowhere in the world someona can own a front beach and live a centenary tree to fall and die and put in risk a common big road..

Posted by Dave on June 7, 2012 23:19


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