It’s that time of year again, as the monsoon rains made themselves felt overnight and into this morning, across Phuket. Provincial officials have issued flood warnings for several areas across the island as a result of the Saturday night/Sunday morning heavy rainfall.
The Phuket News reports that parts of Phuket Town were totally impassable on Sunday morning, with several streets closed off. According to the report, the water level in the Bang Yai canal, which runs through Phuket Town and is the main conduit for draining rainwater into the sea, was dangerously high for a few hours yesterday morning.
The area around the provincial government building on Tha Kraeng Road was flooded, as was the road’s intersection with Chao Fa East Road. In Chalong, local residents reported that a number of streets were flooded, although the main roads were passable throughout the rain storm.
HERE’S Monday’s forecast and rain map.
There was heavy flooding in Patong too, including in the areas where an upgrade of the storm drainage system is not yet complete, and in the area around the police station. Several Patong streets have also been closed off in these areas. Of course, as per every rain storm, the area outside the Patong police station and hospital were flooded.
Meanwhile in Kamala, local officials issued a flood warning as a result of heavy rainwater coming down the hills. The authorities warned that falling trees and collapsing ground were likely.
Further north, Thepkrasattri Road and Srisoonthorn Road are often prone to flooding during the island’s rainy season and this time is no exception, with sections of both roads underwater. Srisoonthorn Road heading west of Heroines Monument is particularly bad, as is Thepkrasattri Road, just north of the monument, albeit brief.
Police say motorists were being asked to be patient and to exercise caution on the roads during these sudden, isolated rain bursts.
SOURCE: The Phuket News