Well, although we also got our share of flood damage, I still think we are much more lucky than thousands of other people. The main damage in our house is the built-in kitchen where it will be difficult to get the damaged part out and the new one in without destroying the stone countertop.
And we will have to live with a permanent memory of the flood as the PVC doors changed color to steel grey and even anthrazit at all parts below the water level. Unfortunately, this color is topped by a brownish line, marking the high level of the flood. For the rest, I think slowly we will be able to erase all signs by repainting or hiding garden walls behind new bushes.
As I found out, I arrived about one week too early, as the water still was on the street for the first few days, thus hindering us to throw away all the bulky waste that piled up in our driveway.
But after a weekend in Kanchanaburi, the waters had receded and now it is looking far better. The garden now is ready for re-planting and my brother-in-law and my wife's nephew will arrive on Sunday to put apart the destroyed wall unit in the living room and to bring down again the washing machine and the fridge.
Our motorbike is also running again and on Monday, we will check the car because as it seems, the brakes and some electric circuit have taken some minor damage due to the driving through the waters. All in all, I estimate the damage to something about 4,000-5,000 Euro if the kitchen really will be a problem, otherwise it will be cheaper. And allso a biiig thank you to my wife and her sister, who during two days (before I arrived) cleaned up the ground floor so there really are only the watermarks on the walls left.
Now, we are waiting for the 5,000 Baht the government promised (up to 30,000 only when there is structural damage to the house). Arlai already applied but it will take a long time, I guess. Good point is that the teachers association and another teacher-related body will come up with another 5,000 Baht altogether, so in the end, we should receive 10,000 Baht which at least will cover the costs for cleaning material incl. the high-pressure water compressor I bought (very useful stuff, as I found out, although without chemicals not efficient on vertical surfaces, hell knows why the floods left far more resistant stains on vertical surfaces than on horizontal ones).
Hope the inserted pics show up once approved! If not, please have a look at my album "2011 flooding".