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Phuket Floods Leave Residents Puzzled

Phuket Floods Leave Residents Puzzled

Saturday, November 16, 2013
PHUKET: Residents are upset and fail to understand how a 30-minute downpour caused flooding this afternoon in the Phuket City district of Samkong. Many were surprised that a short, sharp storm could cause so many problems and fail to run away through the drainage system. The flooding began with the first drops in Moo 5, Rassada, soon after 3pm.

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If anyone ever will look into the drain system, the surprise will go away, for sure.
I'm always smiling, watching small road businesses cleaning their stall area, but dumping the content of the dustpan into it. Plus the sand, that's always only get flushed into the drain, during the road cleaning, after big downpours. Wherever there is a capping stone missing, you can see a lot of garbage and sand in the drain. And everywhere, the inlets to the drain system gets limited, by people, who wanna drive up the sidewalk with cars and moto's.
My car, till now, is still high enough, to wade trough it. But the risks of 'new' potholes .....!

Posted by Anonymous on November 16, 2013 21:00

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speaking of flooded streets...does anyone really think after all the road work going on in Patong that it will really get any better?

Posted by sky on November 17, 2013 03:48

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Sky, to quote Winston Churchill, "I'm an optimist, there doesn't seem to be much point in being anything else".

Posted by pozz59 on November 17, 2013 06:57

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Sky, why do yo think, the road behind jungceylon is build as a dam?
No one really thinks, it gets better, in Patong.
But this article was about Phuket town, an area where it's almost only dirt and garbage in the channels and drain system. Not because of the massive house/hotel/resort construction without upgrading the waste water system, like in Patong

Posted by Anonymous on November 17, 2013 11:42

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Nothing wrong with being an optimist...But why set yourself up for dissappointment when the reality of a situation is staring you right in the face

Posted by sky on November 17, 2013 13:01

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- sky

Very well said. Undue optimism or pessimism are equally unhelpful. Decisions should be made by realists.

Posted by ThaiMike on November 17, 2013 20:17

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Guys,
I'm pretty sure Churchill was a realist. Negativity with no alernative contribution is just cynicism. Cynicism is ok if that's what you want but it adds no value to the situation and doesn't improve anything.

Posted by pozz59 on November 18, 2013 07:03

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So much discussion on "optimist", "pessimist" and some have mentioned "realist," from what I read not everyone seems to understand the meaning of these words, so to help you out here they are.
1.Optimist - One who usually expects a favourable outcome.
2.Pessimist - expecting the worst possible outcome.
3. Realist - a person who tends to view or represent things as they really are.

From what I see here we tend to have optimists and realists, very few, if any pessimists (doomsayers). It would be nice if people would accept the definitions of words and not make up their own.

Posted by DSI Watcher on November 18, 2013 09:44

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@Pozz...I hear what you're saying..and you can call it anything you want...but the FACTS remain very clear on this island....

Posted by sky on November 18, 2013 09:46

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"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." GBS

Posted by Sam Wilko on November 18, 2013 13:51

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Some times it just rains hard and fast. That was the case in point as I was there when it happened. I was in Patong about 10 or 12 years back when the rain left the water 1 meter high throughout, I was in Patong back before there were any drains and we use to sit on the bar stools while the water came up to are ass everytime it rained hard. I have been in Land and House Park when it rained so much the lakes overflowed down the streets and if you have ever been on Chofa West in front of the Chalong Homepro when it rains good and hard up in the hills the water comes strait up out of the road drains like a fountain. Bottom line sometimes it just rains hard and fast and no system will keep up.

Posted by mike on November 18, 2013 14:02

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"So much discussion on "optimist", "pessimist" and some have mentioned "realist,""
That's because a pessimist call himself a realist and an optimist somebody with rose coloured glasses; an optimist calls a pessimist a doomsayer and himself a realist.
So we're all realists :)

Posted by stevenl on November 18, 2013 15:35

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@steveni, I would generally say a resounding YES, most here would be realists, though a few, and I suggest very few, are optimists.

Posted by DSI Watcher on November 18, 2013 16:05

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"@steveni, I would generally say a resounding YES, most here would be realists, though a few, and I suggest very few, are optimists."
By that statement you're defining yourself as a pessimist.

Posted by stevenl on November 18, 2013 17:14

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@steveni. Do you actually understand English, from your reply I would suggest NO. How the hell did you come to that ridiculous conclusion? Did you understand anything I posted? Go back and re-read the definitions I posted.

Posted by DSI Watcher on November 18, 2013 18:05


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