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    Second Round. Flood experience

    Okay, lets try this a second time. By the 21st of October Future Park and the klongs heading to Nakorn Naiyoke were going under but we were fine. We had been out and bought kilo of pork loin, fillet steaks, pasta, salmon, and all sorts of snacks as we figured we would have some water for a week or so and might have trouble getting out.

    The house on the 23rd of October.



    The front yard.


    The sala



    The morning of the 24th we heard the water was coming from the north, this is the intersection of the main road to our house.



    The first sign of water in the muban on the 25th, by 2pm the water and power trucks were there to cut the power as the water had gone up another 10 centimeters.


    An hour or two later.



    It was at this time I called Loy Toy and asked if he could get us somewhere to stay, by us I mean my wife, kids, maid, persian cat and stupid poodle. Off we went and arrived 9 hours later.
    On the 31st we came back by military truck and long tail to see how bad it was. This is what we saw.

    the same intersection where the water started.


    another shot just up the road.



    Locals and a home made boat.


    Poor stranded dog



    The main road into the muban


    Entrance to my phase of the muban


    The front yard on the 31st.



    another view


    The sala



    You should see the klong behind my house, a dual lane road with a meridian of flowers in it, then another klong and another road. Nope just a lake.



    One of the kitchens,



    Notice how clean the water is, now the main kitchen, the blank space is where the stove and oven were, we got it out.



    My old car,

    The interior which is now been cleaned by me and today dropped off at a place that will take it apart and dissinfect it.



    More to come on the journey back and the cleanup. Just today I had to cut down my biggest shade tree as it had died. An 8 year old avacado I had grown form seed. Now its back to work outside.

    We left BKK with just 15 minutes to pack and get out as I said the water was rising so fast, and the power and water trucks were here in the muban to cut them off.
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    Very sad to see ones place so affected !

    Your sala above ground seem to be a nice place for snakes to hide under and multiply, i would be a bit worried if i had kids playing around there...
    May be throwing some fire cracker underneath some times could prove if i am correct.

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    Wish you the best, sorry this happened, thanks for sharing the pictures.

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    A couple my daughters photoshopped into before and after.

    the sala before and after,


    the front garden,



    Some good news, I got the car cleaned the best I could myself, jacked it up and got the right rear brake released, and drove it to the dissinfectant shop. They sent me off to buy gear oil and power steering fluid, by the time I got back to the shop, all the seats were out, the console out, and the carpets out, fast work. 4 days to finish and thank goodness this is Thailand and Don Muang and not BKK proper 2500 baht for the whole job.
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    With home and car being the two biggest items of pride and expense that most of us usually encounter in life, I wish you and your family a quick and speedy return back to normal and happier times.

    Hope your kids can get back to school without to much disruption.

    Can I ask, if insured, what type of treatment are you recieving from you insurer?

    Actually, the sala on the lagoon pic looks great - but there must be a better way to get the effect without the hassle!

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    Very sad AO. Beautiful house. Hope your shrubbery survives. So many trees have died from the floods. Friends of ours hired a cleaning company to do their 3 bed/bath house in Bankruey for 8K Baht. They had all the equipment to get mold/scuzz etc removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Custard
    Hope your kids can get back to school without to much disruption. Can I ask, if insured, what type of treatment are you recieving from you insurer?
    Custard, I spent last week down in a hotel off Suk 13, my kids are on scholarship to the Harrow school in Laksi and it was inundated, closed until the 7 of Jan. But NIST on Suk 15 allowed the IGCSE students to study from 3:30pm till 9:30 pm so they went back. Now that the roads are open I will take them to the BTS at Mochit and they will walk back from asoke to the school. Then the wife will pick them up at night.

    As for insurance there is no flood insurance here. My wife is senior with AIA and we would have had it if possible. As for the car 5,000 should cover it all, unless they find something worse than I can detect.

    The up side as said is it has brought the family closer together, and the 14 year olds have really grown up. Cheers.

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    bit nasty AO. Glad you and your family are ok, the rest will all be sorted in no time.

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    Thanks for the report, bro. Now haveing been to your home a few times, I can really see the devastation. So sad about your avocado tree. I'll be flying to BKK in around mid Feb for a few weeks. I'm happy to go and help you guys out with anything.

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    Thanks for the interesting thread.

    The interior shows that the water was quite high in the car at its peak. And it did run on its own after that?


    I take it you at least removed the battery.

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    it dripped out and evaporated. We had just 15 minutes to get out as the water was rising so fast and they were coming to cut the power. Battery stayed in the car and has been replaced. thanks

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    Here's a bit of information on cleaning up after a flood, hope it's some use

    http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pdfs/floods.pdf

    Cleaning Up After a Flood

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    thanks mate, some tips in there I would have never thought of. Cheers.

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    Glad to hear that your home and can look on the bright side of things AO.

    What are you going to do in the kitchen? It looks like your gonna have to tear out all the cupboards.

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    The photos make it seem like being right in the middle of it all. All in all it has been a horrible learning experience and with no insurance it is even worse experience

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    No mate we were lucky. We just had redone the whole house as you must recall from the thread. In the first kitchen with the microwave and mini oven we used teak for the doors, and the yellow is vaneer. All held save one, and I have fixed that. But we must redo the insides as the mold was just to much. I have a guy coming Wednesday to do that, should not be that much.'

    In the main kitchen with the missing stove all the cabinets are teak once again, they only need to be sanded and refinished from where the "water" got to them. No warping at all, only on the inside of the first kitchen cabinets.

    Today we cut back the dead trees to 2 meters high, in the hope that this being Thailand something may happen. The tall trees you see are Wassana, and we cut the dead ones back and they will put out two branches for each cut.

    Its still going to cost some $$ but not nearly what we imagined. Perhaps 200,000 and we will be back to normal. But it is going to be a hot summer as the two big trees we had to cut provided all the shade.

    I had mates from the states in with their wives and kids but could not see them at Thanksgiving as I was in Pattaya. Sent them to the roadhouse and they loved it. Word of mouth will see more and more coming. Great spread they said.

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    So sad. I hope for your speedy recovery and restoration of such a beautiful home. Guess we Ferangs are a lucky lot in that when things go wrong we have the ability, knowledge and financial acumen to turn our situations around faster than the poor locals.

    Great photos and updates. Keep em coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt
    So sad. I hope for your speedy recovery and restoration of such a beautiful home. Guess we Ferangs are a lucky lot in that when things go wrong we have the ability, knowledge and financial acumen to turn our situations around faster than the poor locals.
    Simply thank the Pattaya communtity. check the heartfelt thanks thread for the real story. This place lives mate, it lives to help and give assistance. Thanks for your thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    Perhaps 200,000 and we will be back to normal.
    So you'll be spending Yinglucks 5,000bt on booze I take it!

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    Hey we may get as much as 15,000 out of her. The wife gets it all, she has been a rock through all this. I do hope she puts some of it towards a new washing machine though.

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    After reading a bit of those links I sent you, you need to thoroughly dry the house out with humidifiers and cut into the walls so they can breathe. Some nasty stuff about Micro organisms on there and the problems with inhaling cleaning products. Also your electrics behind the walls need to be dry.

    Seems a lot of work

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    the walls are cement here mate, they have been cleaned disinfected and today I sanded them. The floorboards that were flooded have been pulled off and sanded as well. Next week we will have our carpenter in to redo them. Thank goodness only one kitchen. In realilty we were very lucky, other than the yard and garden the only damage inside the house was two kitchens a bathroom and the maids room. Though she is really not a maid as she has been with me 14 years now. I will take a good look at her room tomorrow.

    Thanks again mate.

    I think a right big piss up is due after all this shit. Right here in the cock, perhaps your joint.

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    Sure, you're very welcome. I'm gonna be busy island hopping through December, will be my first Xmas here, first time I will spend the Mrs birthday with her too

    I find you have to take the positives out of most things in life. You've met some great guys out of it.

    There's always someone worse off in life. There's a lot of poor people up there in Bangkok who won't have the money to properly repair or will be paying back for years in doing so

    There's also Mao in his grotty bedsit eating potato casseroles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mykinos
    you were lucky. some lost everything including their life.
    Indeed. Some people have taken a right battering.

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    See it out here everyday. Even the poor have all their belongings out on the street to be thrown away. Heartbreaking it is. Its even hard to drive out here as there now is only one lane on all roads because of what has been discarded. I feel lucky indeed. So many people have lost all they own. Muang Ake where I work is still underwater, with no end in sight.

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