, bangkok. >> reporter: here in chinatown, most of the shops are closed. you're standing in an area where the boats have been provided about the the police rescue. at one point this morning after high tide came in, you could see water on nearly every single street in and out of chinatown, some of it about a foot high. it did recede in a few hours. people are happy with the drainage, it seems to be working quite well. to the east of the city, where government warned people to evacuate, water is flowing into the eastern part of the city. it's starting to get higher than the sandbags that have been stacked up there. there's also issues in this neighborhood, which is quite a large area. they're seeing flooding in that area. again, another high tide is expected this evening around 6:00 local time. people are bracing for that. many, many people have left the city and it is considered a holiday right now. sara sidner, cnn, bangkok. >>> also the latest on the record flooding across the country, let's go over to meteorologist ivan cabrera standing by at the cnn international weather center.
in chinatown, which is right along the chao phraya river. and what we're watching is water climbing into the streets of chinatown. in the past half an hour, anderson, we've been standing here watching it go from an inch. now it's about three inches. and it's kind of slowly flowing into this part of the city. the chao phraya river, yes, is supposed to crest in the next few minutes, actually. and that is why you're seeing kind of this wash of water start coming in. we were also in the east last night, where the water has just basically held at waist level in some parts of those neighborhoods there. so the situation not very good in the east and the north. when it comes to central bangkok, which is where everyone is concerned this water will go and that will really hit the economy, that is where much of the business is done, it has been dry. we drove around the city this morning. completely dry. no water there yet. but the real fear is that there will be some sort of failure, whether it's a flood wall failing or all of the water that's completely ripping through the -- excuse me, sorry
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