As you’ve probably surmised from my previous blog posts, its rainy season here in Thailand. At first I found the daily thunderstorms exciting. Besides getting my shoes wet they didn’t really effect my life all that much. Well somewhere along the lines rainy season changed, it grew more vicious, more determined, more powerful.
Last week it rained nonstop for almost two full days. Now when I say rained I mean poured. Really poured. More water than you could think possible fell from the sky. Within minutes the roads and drainage ditches had started to fill up. Within hours, they were full. Then the water from the mountains made its way down until there were flash floods everywhere.
My neighborhood, which sits higher than the surrounding area was largely untouched. Mostly due to the crazy amount of drainage we have. Drainage that instantly failed once the pipes became blocked by trash, sticks, leaves, and branches that had broken off. There was very minor flooding in my neighborhood, just 4 inches at the worst. But the speed that the flooding came on was astounding.
The areas surrounding my little neighborhood were much harder hit, there were some places where the water reached people’s waists. Luckily the flooding was very short lived so damage was at a minimum. But never the less, rainy season has taken a dark turn.
Everyday now, I am delayed in doing what I want because it’s raining with an apocalyptic fury. I’m woken up in the middle of the night by the crazy storms that hit as I peacefully sleep. Even while I write this, a murderous storm is hitting my school with everything it has, the drains barely able to keep up and another round of flash flood warnings are being released.
Despite the crazy amount of water, the unimaginable deluge that hits nearly every day, I have mixed feelings about the rainy season. The air is cooler, the streets are cleaner, and everything is constantly being refreshed. But my laundry takes so much longer to dry and all the creepy crawlies are being driven into my home to escape the water. Rainy season, you’re a challenging mistress!