Pathum Thani province is bracing itself for the arrival of water mass discharged from Pasak Cholasit dam in Lop Buri through Klong Rapeepat.
Pathum Thani governor Surachai Khan-arsa led officials concerned, including those in charge of drainage and public disaster relief, to inspect areas between Klong Rangsitprayoonsuk and Klong 13 to be used to drain water mass from Pasak Cholasit dam.
Irrigation officials have increased the amount of water released from the day from 40 million cubic metres a day to 50 million cubic metres because the dam is nearing its full holding capacity and more rains are anticipated in the coming days.
Governor Surachai said the most important thing to do in water management is to speed up the flow of excess water to save the rice farmland and residential areas and also Bangkok.
Water pumps, he said, have been put in place at strategic points to drain water through Klong Rapeepat into Klong 13, into Klong Rangsit in Nakhon Nayok.
He stressed the need to drain the excess water out of Pathum Thani because it was forecast that there will be more rains in the coming week in the central plains.
Pasak Cholasit dam is now 92 percent full with 881 million cubic metres of water and the water level will reach the dam’s full capacity next Tuesday if officials do not speed up draining water out of the dam.
People in Lop Buri, Saraburi and Ayutthaya, especially living along Pasak river have been alerted to brace themselves for possible flooding as the level in the river will rise up by 50-70 cm in a couple of days.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)