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To one old Bangkok Post reporter, the Vibhavadi road area looked like a "ghost highway" during he explorations last night. 

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This story from an "old Bangkok Post reporter" gives you a good idea of what it is like late at night in one flooded Bangkok area.

Night on the "ghost highway"

After finishing work near midnight, the old Bangkok Post reporter went home on a motorbike via Ratchadapisek Rd. Upon entering Vibhavadi Rd, the traffic was getting thinner and thinner.

Once passing Kasetsart intersection, there was hardly any traffic. In fact, there was no vehicle coming into Bangkok on the inner expressway of Vibhavadi at all. Looking ahead, the reporter could not see any vehicle in front either. At the exit to the parallel road to Pakkret, there was a barricade barring any car going further along the inner expressway. However, this did not deter the old reporter from riding his motor-bike further to investigate the flood situation ahead.

At the Lak Si intersection, a traffic policeman was there to make sure that none went further along the inner expressway. The reporter was allowed to get in after telling the policeman that he wanted to investigate the flood situation.

Riding further for about 1km, the flood was there. Vibhavadi was turned into a shallow canal. The flood water did not seem to creep downwards towards Lak Si compared to the level this morning when the old reporter pedalled his mountainbike to this area. It seemed BMA could drain off water at the same rate as fresh flood water replenishment.

Satisfied, the reporter went to investigate the Government Complex entry road at Chaengwattana 5. The entry was still flooded by Klong Prempachakorn overflowing its banks, but the level declined a little. There was a little water escaping from the drain linking with Khlong Prempachakorn. However, the level was down as well, making for a damp surface on the road. It seems the BMA succeeded in draining some water from the canal.

Cars, pickup trucks, tour buses are still single parking and double parking on any elevated roadway on Chaengwattan Rd including on Rama IV bridge, leaving only one narrow lane for navigation. The number of parked vehicles has declined a little though.

The next stop was to inspect the water level at Pakkret Municipality, north of Nonthaburi. At about mid-night the water level rose about 1 cm from the morning level. Another record high. It is the highest in living memory.

via – through  ผ่าน (ช่องทาง)
intersection – a place where roads, lines, etc., join or cross each other สี่แยก
parallel – when the distance between two lines, etc. is the same all along their length ขนาน
barricade – a temporary structure built to prevent someone/something from getting past แผงหรือแนวรั้วกั้น
bar – to officially not allow someone to do something or go somewhere ห้าม
deter – to make someone decide not to do something ขัดขวาง, ยับยั้ง, ป้องกัน
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
shallow – not deep ตื้น
creep – to move or develop very slowly เคลื่อนที่อย่างช้าๆ
level – the amount of liquid that there is in a container, river, dam, etc., which can be seen by how high the liquid is ระดับ
pedal – to push the pedals of a bicycle round with your feet ถีบจักรยาน
drain – to cause water or fluid to flow out ระบายออก
replenish – to make something full again by replacing what has been used  เติมเต็มใหม่
overflow – (of a river or body of water)  to flood the land next to it ไหลล้น
banks – the raised areas of land along the side of a river  ริมฝั่งแม่น้ำ, ตลิ่ง
decline – to become less ลดลง
drain – a pipe that carries away dirty water or other liquid waste ท่อระบายน้ำlink – to connect เชื่อม
damp – somewhat wet ชื้น
surface – the outside or top layer of something  ผิวหน้า, ผิวภายนอก, ด้านนอก
elevated – raised above the ground, or higher than the surrounding area ซึ่งอยู่ในระดับที่สูงกว่าสิ่งอื่น
narrow – not wide; having a small distance from one side to the other, especially in comparison with the length แคบ
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
record – the highest ever สถิติ
living memory – what people can remember during their lifetime

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