Thailand's prime minister asked all Bangkok residents to move their belongings to higher ground as government workers fought to contain flooding inching toward the capital city.
Government spokeswoman Thitima Chaisaeng said the move is a precautionary measure.
"We think that a state of emergency is not necessary at this moment," she said.
To protect their cars, residents double parked along elevated highways, making it nearly impossible to navigate around a city where traffic is congested on a normal day.
As water from Thailand's worst flood in half a century bore down on the capital, officials changed course.
Until now, they had hoped that strengthening flood barriers and widening canals would keep populated areas safe.
But now the government is trying a different tack: opening floodgates to relieve pressure on dams and levees and send the water toward the sea.
The decision to divert water through canals in Bangkok means parts of the city will likely be flooded.
On Friday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said officials were considering which areas to let the water flow through to minimize impact on the populace.
They hope the water will not overflow the canals and spill into the streets, bringing the kind of misery to the capital city that its northern suburbs have seen.
As a precaution, the Thai Army was bringing in 100 boats to help those trapped in their houses.
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Hopefully, there will be no further loss of life in Thailand; there has been so many deaths already.
My sympathy to those affected.
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I just cant stop thinking about roots in Sadams hole.
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Last night you begged to talk to me .Whos the real perv here huumm.
gungho aka rabbit hunter and hunter of youngmen.
I just cant stop thinking about the size of the roots in Sadams hole
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