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Ceterum censeo… » Planning for floods…

Ceterum censeo…


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    10/24/2011 (3:30 am)

    Planning for floods…

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    As you may be aware, Bangkok is currently suffering through some pretty serious floods. Lovely Wife and I aren’t feeling any pressure from the floods. We’re located in the center of the city, so when the city works to protect itself, we get full benefit. Plus, the particular region we’re in is safe enough that it has been designated as an evacuation point in case disaster strikes elsewhere. And just in case it does get that bad, the apartment complex has laid in a stock of boats.

    Column boating, just add water

    In addition to the government effort to protect the city, many of the individual buildings are working to protect their own weak spots. Most of the larger commercial enterprises around the city have been setting up their own sandbags. Some look effective, some… less so.

    A credible effort to protect the basement complex

    As part of a general preparation knowledge, I got sent instructions of how to build effective sandbag dikes: “Since a dike will fail if not built correctly, training people on proper procedures for placing sandbags is very important. In the rush, volunteers will do something, but the result frequently is a dike that performs poorly or fails.” A dike is a piece of engineering, with some serious failure points… you can’t expect a win from simply piling bags at the front door.

    A not so credible effort to protect the store

    When I arrived at work last week, I found that the sandbags had been deployed around the warehouse, ready for trouble.
    Warehouse protection

    All entrances are guarded with sandbags, which means we have to climb over the entrances.
    This is a cool fort

    The server room got some extra protection, which is reasonable, but I do wonder whether the interior walls would be effectively waterproof.
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    Everyone at work has been busily planning how to respond. Various assessments, plans, responses and actions have been put in place. The preparation is well needed… there are bodies of water all around the work centers. I’ve never been sure exactly where this water comes from. It’s clearly artificial, but I haven’t seen any crops being set up. But it must be fed from somewhere, and that means the water get out of control.
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    Attendance at work has been down somewhat. Everyone was told to stay home if needed, without having to worry about leave issues.
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    So far, though, I’ve personally seen very little actual flooding. The biggest disruption has been a roadside diner that got washed out. (Actual damage is not clear… do these places have electricity or plumbing?)
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    There are others who aren’t in the city, who are quite understandably upset that the floods are being sent through their slice of home. So, the floods are causing real damage, but not in our circle of awareness.

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