It seems that Typhoon Ketsana was just a wimper in Ubon Ratchatani. A fair bit of rain but not much wind and this morning even the sun was attempting to break through the clouds (to no avail). Of course Ketsana has wrecked havoc through the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia in recent days but by the time it got here it had almost run out of puff.
Flooding is now the only real threat both immediately from the rains and the possible release of water from upstream dams as they struggle to handle the new inflow.
According to New Zealander Dr Michael Hare who has lived in Ubon for more then a decade “The problem for us in Ubon the man-made water release from the dams up country. It is that water which has caused massive flooding in Ubon and Warin over the years, the most recent being 2000, 01 and 02.”
He continued saying “My maid says that the water from the Lat Phao dam Kalasin has already been released. I can not confirm this as the authorities would dare not say so. If it is true then except flooding in Ubon within 7-10 days.”
I heard through my sister in law last night that the river in the village is running an absolute banker. They have posted look outs along the river over night and there are regular updates over those blasted loud speakers giving regular updates. When asked how worried she was she replied by saying that she has already packed her bags ready for an immediate departure.