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I should have added:

 

A major national newspaper that I am unable to link/quote here (due to "The Nation's" sponsorship/relationship with ThaiV) had an article yesterday evening suggesting there is a massive quantity of water heading down the Mun and due to hit Ubon today (Friday).

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8 minutes ago, SantiSuk said:

Dunno whether Central Plaza mall was open yesterday but the western side of the Ring Road was still passable, but with backed up traffic due to 2 lanes not 4 being used (and diversions on one of the directions through Central's car park). It will not take much of a rise in the water levels to completely cut the western side.

 

The two Warin-Ubon bridges ('town bridge' and the 'UbonRak bridge') were impassable yesterday and seemingly likely to remain so for some days unless there is a miraculous reduction in the run-off flow rate coming down the Mun River.

 

The only dry route yesterday from the Southern side of Ubon into the town centre involved heading east-bound along the Ring Road South and crossing over the Mun Bridge at Ring Road E. The map posted from social media above by Farma shows this and seems to imply that the recommendation was to go all the way round to the Amnat/Chayangkhul intersection to turn left off the Ring Road down Chayangkhul. Might have been the only route, though it's possible that the the Trakan Rd route would have worked or even cutting across the top end of Huai Wang Nong. I haven't seen anyone commenting on whether the Tamsun Road, that would take you past the southern end of Huai Wang Nong, is blocked (probably is, given the map above).

 

Source: various social media postings, but particularly your Warin South near-neighbour, Derek, who was out and about and using the eastern approaches and coming back via the Central Plaza area. Derek recommends using the Phibun Rd to get out to the Ring Road just south of the Ring Rd E Mun bridge - surmises that it is lighter traffic than using the Ring Road South.
 

All this is yesterday day time info. Today and the next few days could be different/worse.

 

Edit/PS: haven't seen anyone comment about whether that extension of Saphasit over the Mun Diversion and to Central Plaza/Ring Road West is open

Hello SantiSuk. This morning at 6;30 am I came out from my home near Hop Inn and was unable to drive straight across the little Mun River past Central Plaza on that ring road. I believe the road from Ben school over the Little Mun River to Central is still open (just), though the driving range is under water. I came out to the university using the eastern ring road. Traffic was very light but I expect it to mount up during the day. In the 2002 floods this road was under water but after that the road was raised up.

 

The main problem this time is that since the 2002 floods, so much land has been raised up either side of the western ring road. Central, The River, Home Hub etc. The water is seeking out new pathways to seep to. 

 

I expect the flood waters to take a month or longer to go down. I say this, because in most years we receive 1-2 tropical cyclones at the end of September to early October. And upcountry, the dam gates at the Ubon Rat dam in Nampong and the Lat Paow dam in Kalasin may be opened to release water down the Chi River. Releasing dam water caused the floods in Ubon in 1978, 2000, 2001 and 2002.

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56 minutes ago, SantiSuk said:

I should have added:

 

A major national newspaper that I am unable to link/quote here (due to "The Nation's" sponsorship/relationship with ThaiV) had an article yesterday evening suggesting there is a massive quantity of water heading down the Mun and due to hit Ubon today (Friday).

That would be correct. One of my staff just came across the river on the army trucks. much higher than two days ago. I heard that in and around Haui Wang Nong there is extensive flooding and traffic jams. The road in front of the Laithong hotel is under water and water is in the basement rooms at the Sappasit hospital. 

 

 

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11 minutes ago, Michael Hare said:

That would be correct. One of my staff just came across the river on the army trucks. much higher than two days ago. I heard that in and around Haui Wang Nong there is extensive flooding and traffic jams. The road in front of the Laithong hotel is under water and water is in the basement rooms at the Sappasit hospital. 

 

 

The water you are getting in Ubon now has left a trail of dead rice and cassava crops.I fear the full effects of this flood are yet to be felt.My wife who is 53 yrs old has never seen water this high in the province of Yasothon.

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Hope the Southern and Eastern Ring Road holds dry then Michael. If the Western Ring Road is now impassable that reduces the only entrance into central Ubon to be from the Northern quadrant - essentially Amnat (Chayangkhun) and Yaso (Chaengsanit) highways.

 

Has potentially serious implications for food etc supplies into the City if the Southern/Eastern Ring Road + Phibun Rd gets blocked Many supplies would normally come from the South and West.

 

The diversion for southern and western traffic to get across to Yaso/Amnat highways to gain access to Ubon is lengthy. You'd have to aim for further north up the Yasothon highway than Kueang Nai as the road between Sisaket (Khantararom) and Keuang Nai has been passenger ferry across the Chi flood plain only for several days.

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The photos tell the story.

 

This afternoon it took me 50 minutes from the Charoen Sri market, Warin, to reach the Chayangkul intersection via the eastern ring road. 

 

My wife informs me that the vegetable and fruit section in Tops supermarket at Central is low on quality products.

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`It's currently in the news on TV 32. Saddening and frightening at the same time.

 

     We got hit by a flood in Sisaket a couple of years back and we'll never forget that. 

 

  I hope it's not getting worse. Best of luck to all of you!! 

 

    

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On 9/13/2019 at 8:10 AM, SantiSuk said:

I should have added:

 

A major national newspaper that I am unable to link/quote here (due to "The Nation's" sponsorship/relationship with ThaiV) had an article yesterday evening suggesting there is a massive quantity of water heading down the Mun and due to hit Ubon today (Friday).

You were so right. We're watching it on TV and it's not fun to see that. I hope that you're all safe. 

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