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    High Water In Nong Khai

    Just got back from LOS and a visit to our land outside Nong Khai. The flower growers currently renting it until we build informed that the back section, which borders a levy, temporarily flooded up to about ankle deep because 1) the dams broke in China from the earthquake and raised the Mekong and 2) there were harder than usual rains last year. That would mean about 1.5 to 2 meters above normal. Most of our plot is roughly 2 meters below the road. According to trusted relatives who have been there for generations, flooding like this has not happened in anyone's memory, but maybe they haven't been looking that close. Anyone in TD in that territory have any other infomation.

    Much appreciated.

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    Perhaps Tex might have an update....inquire within.

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    Last years floods were the worst in 30 years, according to granny.
    The water subsided with a month or two after the rain stopped (around October).

    Not sure why your place is still flooded. The river is very low currently.

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    Land is not still flooded. When we were there in mid January the Mekong was low, like you said, Tex. I took the pictures below then. (posted, I hope. Never done this before). By then everything was back to normal and a new crop of flowers was in. Apparently the water receded quickly.


    Below--Looking N/W towards back of lot wherer the house will go. Levy in BG



    Looking East across duck pond in center of the lot. Brown on bottom of leaves marks high water.


    High water mark closer look. Looks like about 1.5-2 meters, which with ankle high depth reported in the back.


    What I really want to know is does anybody know if it was in fact caused by the dam burst in China, even partially, or is that just the talk on the street. If I'm going to build anywhere near the water I want some idea of how high how often it's likely to go.

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