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After the flood

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

album.php?albumid=31247&attachmentid=117990

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.

album.php?albumid=31247&attachmentid=117991

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.

album.php?albumid=31247&attachmentid=117992

album.php?albumid=31247&attachmentid=117993

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.

album.php?albumid=31247&attachmentid=117989

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".

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Wow. glad you are both ok. My son-in-law used to do water damage and said that by spraying 50% bleach with water on the stains, water marks etc will cut down and kill the mold that results from the flooding. Good luck. Looks like your wall unit is toast on the lower part.

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Glad things seem so positive for all of you...

I am sure there will good memories to come from the efforts and working together -- making things right again! and of course -- I am wishing that it is easier and less costly than you expect!

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@Bruce: Yep, I use toilet cleaner and it has a hilarious effect. Only thing is that you have to switch off your "green" conciousness, because the liquid comes out of the bottle in blue, on the stains it turns to a yellowish foam and in the gully, it gets a deep purple colour, so everything chemistry would like to see ;). The lower part of our wall unit will go to the trash and the upper one, my in-laws will be happy to get.

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@ Bruce, Dan & Bill: Thanks for your kind words! As there was nothing we could do against it, the only way is to stay in a positive mood, especially as we are more lucky even than several of our neighbors, who could not (just did not?) save their stuff and now have all the damage done whereas our damage is only partially. And the garden needed a reorganization anyhow ;)

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@ Bruce: Yep, the garden looked awful but surprisingly it was not too hard to clean it up. Nevertheless, I had to use about ten big garbage bags to carry all the dead plants and waste away. One of them I overloaded and it ripped open exactly when I wanted to throw it on the garbage truck. The workers were not too happy ;).

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Flood still around my sister's house that we stay in Pathumthani but the water is only 50 centimeter now.It was too high around 2-3 meter and I remember the day that my company send the rescue team to help us out and after that I stay all about a month at factory . Anyway , one of our dog died during flooding time.

I hope will not happen again in next year

and I'm glad too that both of you are ok.

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There is at least one advantage of the flood: The termites will have been gone, at least for a while. Contrary to the Pharao Ants that happily live somewhere in our walls and appear within minutes at whichever spot you leave something they can eat. It really is hilarious. I finish my glass of coke in the working room on first floor, go for a smoke, come back and find the glass covered with ants. Even if I trace their roads, it never leads me to anything I could tackle. But these bastards are known for that!

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There is at least one advantage of the flood: The termites will have been gone, at least for a while. Contrary to the Pharao Ants that happily live somewhere in our walls and appear within minutes at whichever spot you leave something they can eat. It really is hilarious. I finish my glass of coke in the working room on first floor, go for a smoke, come back and find the glass covered with ants. Even if I trace their roads, it never leads me to anything I could tackle. But these bastards are known for that!

And same happens when I am sitting on the terrace. No sign of ants anywhere but once I leave an empty glass - within minutes these bastards find it!

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