Phetchaburi flooding remains critical, motorists advised to use alternative routes

Flooding in Phetchaburi province remains critical as the Phetchaburi river continues to overflow banks and submerge almost the entire municipal areas today (Nov 24).

Sections of the Phetkasem, a main highway to the southern region, remained flooded and impassable for small vehicles, particularly on the inbound traffic lanes to Bangkok.

Vehicles were stranded on the highway for several kilometres long from Tesco Lotus supermarket in the municipal area to Ban Lat.

Flood levels on the highway are 40-60 centimetres, making the road impassable for small vehicles.

The current flooding was caused by continuous rainfalls brought by depression Kirogi earlier this week. Rainfalls prompted Phet Dam to discharge water to Phetchaburi River, causing the water level to overflow.

Residents of Phetchaburi municipality continued to wade thigh deep through floodwater today while some schools and government offices in the district were closed due to flooding.

Authorities have installed water pumps to drain water out of the town and advised people to move their belongings to higher ground as water continued to overflow from the river, which passes through the city centre.

But authorities were hopeful that the situation would return to normal in a few days if there is no more rain.

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported floods in Muang Phetchaburi, Ban Laem, Cha-am and Tha Yang districts of the province.

Highway police have advised motorists to two alternative routes for inbound traffic to Bangkok and outbound traffic from Bangkok to the South.

For inbound traffic from the South to Bangkok, two routes are advised to avoid the flooded Phetkasem Highway in Phetburi.

Route 1- Use Highway 3187 (Tha Yang intersection) at Km 170+000 to Highway 3499, 3204 and exit to Phetkasem Highway at KM 154+000 ( near Khao Takrao overpass).

Route 2 � Use Highway 3179 (Tha Sala intersection) at KM 161+500 to Highway 3204 and exit to Phetkasem Highway at KM 154+000 (near Khao Takrao overpass).

For outbound traffic from Bangkok to the South, motorists are advised to use Khao Takrao Overpass at KM154+000 to Highway 3179 and exit to Tha Sala intersection at KM 161+500 to Phetkasem Highway.

Meanwhile, the Thai Meteorological Department today (Nov 24) warned people in the South of severe rain, strong winds, and possible flashflood during Nov 24-28 as a result of strong northeast monsoon that prevails over the Gulf of Thailand and the South.

Affected provinces are: Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.

The strong wind waves are likely in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea 2-3 meters high. All ship should proceed with caution, and small boat in the Gulf of Thailand keep ashore. People should be cautious of inshore wave, the department warned.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)