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Owners at a luxury condominium in northern Bangkok are counting the cost of a flood after thirty cars were submerged in the underground car park.
Nearby Muang Thong is being blamed after flood prevention measures there were conducted for the holding of a degree giving ceremony, it was claimed, reported Manager Online.
Water rushed into the Champs Elysees Condominium in Chang Wattana Road during Sunday night catching the owners by surprise.
Twelve owners managed to get their vehicles out in time after being alerted of the flood by the condo manager. But in a matter of minutes thirty cars were submerged up to the level of the steering wheels.
Manager Janthorn Cheuawong, 57, said that the local authority were contacted to come and help but said they were overwhelmed with calls in the floods and couldn’t come.
The condo pumped out the water and put 600 sandbags in place to prevent further floods.
Janthorn said that the condo had not even flooded in the great Bangkok inundation of 2011. He blamed runoff in the Bang Pang klong from Muang Thong where he said a degree presentation ceremony was organized.
Seven of the damaged vehicles were not insured and the local authority are being contacted for compensation in these cases.
Residents of the condo who suffered outages due to power lines that came down were housed in the nearby Luxor Hotel, said the manager.