20 October 2011

Floodwaters Bearing Down Hard

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20 October: These are interesting times. I did not go out on my usual recon walk yesterday, as I was reading local internet news updates on the floods and making preparations at home. Today I ventured out, and what a difference a day can make! My first indication that things were really changing was seeing middle class folks on our street heading out with luggage. Moving out. Jumping ship.
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When I got to the Chao Phraya River I found that the river level was higher than I had ever seen it, much higher than two days ago or even at its previous high last weekend, and it was straining against the upper rim of the sandbag floodwalls and seeping through. That is a lot of water. Huge volume, fast water. Massive.
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Leaving the river and walking back along the main street, I immediately noticed the anomaly: traffic was jammed in the lanes moving North, to the main roads that are still open out of the city. What is that old saying about rats leaving a ship?
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All districts in our province have experienced flooding, although we are still dry for the moment. The immense amount of water flooding the Central Plains is unbelievable, but, believe me, it is heading our way. We continue to prepare, watch and wait.
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-Zenwind.
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