Floods force Phetchaburi riverside resorts to shut down

MANY riverside resorts in western Phetchaburi province were forced to temporarily shut down this morning (Aug. 4, 2018) upon being flooded after Kaeng Krachan Dam accelerated discharge yesterday, Sanook.com reported.

The Kaeng Krachan multi-purpose hydroelectric dam in Kaeng Krachan district started discharging water at the rate of 107.69 cubic meters a second since yesterday. This led to Phetchaburi river rising up and overflowing into resorts and homes on both banks.

Resort owners scrambled to move furniture and other equipment to higher floors. Many of them have had to temporarily shut down until the floodwaters drain out.

Although Phetchaburi river also flows through Mueang district, it has not yet got flooded. Even so, fearful residents are preparing for an inundation by blocking the entrance to their homes with 2 to 3 layers of bricks.


Top: Phetchaburi river flowing pass a riverside resort. Photo: Sanook.com