24 October 2011

I Just Had to Look

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Evening of 24 October: Of course I just had to do an after-dark recon of the neighborhood, especially after reading increasingly alarming local web reports about flooding events getting closer and closer to us.
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I was shocked to find the Chao Phraya River was much higher than I had ever seen it, right up to the top of the sandbag levee and flowing fast. Much, much higher than yesterday, and much more than government officials predicted. The water seepage through the river-front levee was up to the sidewalk, and a pathetically thin second levee had been built a bit higher at the sidewalk level. The bottom line is that the river levees here are very close to being overwhelmed.
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Two of the three main roads connecting our neighborhood with the city are cut off by high water. The third, the bridge over to the east side of the river, is passable at the moment, but the other side has flooded areas. [Update: This bridge is now also closed; we are cut off from resupply; now is the time to go on a strict diet!]
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I guess this means that I won’t be getting any ice soon.
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-Zenwind.
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