It is now almost noon here in Chiang Mai. I just came back from Night Bazaar Area and along the Ping River. First things first. The Royal Princess Hotel on Chang Klang was gutted by fire last night. No one injured so they will be closed indefinitely.
Second the Ping River is rising from heavy rains in the mountains as I write this. Hotels near the river and the night bazaar are being evacuated. They have to turn off their electricity. It is expect by tonight the river will be 8 feet over its banks. Most bridges across the river are closed. People are parking their cars on the super highway, which is on high ground so their cars do not float away.
Thousands of Thai residents along the river area escaping with whatever they can carry. Many businesses have lost everything. It is not rainy here but still very heavy in the mountains that drain into the river. More heavy rains are expected for the city later this afternoon and this evening.
The railroad tracks are covered in water so all trains have been cancelled.
I will update as information becomes available or personal observances.
We live about 3 miles from the river so we are high and dry.
Randy and Ning in Chiang Mai.
when you wrote it it was already 3.30pm - the time flies.
sorry to here bad news - if I am going to build a house in Thailand it will be erected on hight stilts. Safer and give me a better view.
Sorry about the late report as I am posting on many forums and news groups trying to keep people informed.
7 AM Local Chiang Mai time:
The water from the Ping river is only a hundred meters from my home which should be 3 miles. I live east of Chiang Mai city and the only thing that is keeping the water from reaching our community is the Super Highway, which is built up on a high road bed. Cars and pick up trucks are stranded everywhere along the roads and flat bottom boats are being used to rescue people and posessions from their homes. It does'nt look good. I could'nt get near the city center as I would have to cross the bridge over the river, which all are now closed.
Many roads north of the city are washed away according to the local news. Listening to the radio in my SUV while driving around they said more heavy rain and flooding to come and for everyone to go to high ground and stay away from the river. All banks and government offices are closed until further notice in the flooded areas.
The skies are darkening again and looks like the rain will start again in about an hour. I am waiting for the power to go out here but so far so good. I feel badly for those affected as the hopeless looks on their faces are very sad.
My wife says if it starts raining hard again we will start moving everything to the second floor of our home. I pray it does'nt get to us.
I am going to park by the Super Highway and watch to see if or when the water rises over the road bed when it starts raining.
Yes we have had flooding in the past 15 years that I have lived here but nothing like this.
Thanks for the info. yup I also watch about this flood in Malaysia.
Does it happen every August, allthai ?
I'm heading to that area this December esp Chiangrai and Mae Hong Son. Hope no more disaster.
allthai might not have power now or is alltogether somewhere o nthe hills.
pradis - only in a wet season, Dec should be all right
I have power no worries. Everything is pretty much back to normal except in a few low areas. The riverside restautants took a big hit so it will be a while until they return.
It has been sunny now for two days straight so OK for now.
It usually floods a little every year but not until near the end of this month or early next month and nothing like we just had.
December will be dry as the rains stop in late October.
If it rains in the mountains again like before it will surely flood again. I will keep everyone posted.
good news everything ended for you OK - if you are still going with your chalets do them thai style on stilts.
floads on that scale don't happen every year - but the next time it come it might demage your house