25 October 2011

25 October Thai Flood Report

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My brother-in-law’s house – some 4 or 5 klicks away from us as the crow flies but reached only by twisted roundabout roads – has major floodwaters surrounding it, so my father-in-law is here with us. Brother-in-law’s house is not yet wet, but it now has about a meter and a half of water menacing it.
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My midday local recon of the river saw the level down slightly from last night, but I’ve found that doesn’t mean anything since the levels have been fluctuating wildly according to tides and unpredictable runoff from the flooded North. I walked as far down our main street as possible before reaching the section blocked by water. Riverside levees had broken in spots downriver from us.
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This slow and steady onslaught of floodwaters is wearying. The latest news is that this coming weekend will see the river overflowing its banks in most places because of high tides and runoff. To top it off, a thunderstorm is approaching right now. Dukkha.
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-Zenwind.
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