The road to Lam Pra Peung Dam runs alongside one of the outflow canals. At the lower levels the rice on both sides of the canal had been well under water and was now dead. That represents a loss of half a year's income for the farmers concerned. They were begging for more water not so long ago and were refused.
The water is still a few metres above it's normal level, but not much. The high water mark was clearly visible. There was no sign that it reached the overflow channel but it certainly got close. The normal outflow was taking a huge volume of water and, on the downstream side of the dam, the tailrace seemed to be as fierce as it could possibly be. This despite the reservoir level being well down and towns and village below being devastated by the flood water.
I saw a patch of dead grass on the downstream dam side. Could this be the source of the story that the dam was breaking up before the flood started? It's high up the dam wall at about the same level as the high water mark. Did someone leave it too late to act?
All the signs are that the outflow was opened fully and left so. People in Pak Thong Chai had no warning that the town would be flooded at 3.00am that first morning.
Here's a general view of the reservoir. Tranquil up there, isn't it.
And this could be the point at which the sign of a breach appeared on the downstream side.
This is where the water starts on its journey north.
And there it goes, in full flow, to add to the flood water further north.
Coming your way soon.
But the locals will always make the best of things.