For the second time this week - and the fifth time this month - I had to take off my shoes, roll up my trousers and trudge through murky floodwaters to get to my house on the northeastern outskirts of town. OK, so it was only a couple of metres from the taxi to my front gate, but the novelty is certainly wearing off. Fortunately, Bangkok taxi drivers think nothing of ploughing through water up to their doors, or it would have been a long and soggy trek indeed. My wife had it worse. Her office is in Petchaburi Road, just around the corner from the famous Soi Nana. One night last week, after a ferocious and sustained downpour, water quickly rose to waist level in the street, and her staff had to frantically stack sandbags behind the front door to prevent disaster. The flood struck at 7pm, and it was 3am before the waters subsided enough for her to make her way home. Long-time residents said it was the worst flash flood they'd seen. Bangkok is enduring its wettest wet season for many years; on certain days lately the 'Venice of the East'' has looked more like hurricane-hit New Orleans. And it's likely to get worse before it gets drier. The provinces in northern and central Thailand have been hit by mammoth flooding, and most of that water eventually flows into the Chao Phraya River, which flows through the heart of Bangkok on its way to the Gulf of Thailand. According to the Royal Irrigation Department, northern floodwaters moving south are still rising, and Bangkok suburbs, especially on the eastern side, are urged to be on high alert for floods. (News flash folks - I've been on high alert for the past month). Water in the Chao Phraya is now flowing from flood-ravaged Ayutthaya, 100km north of the capital, at 4,748 cubic metres a second (further upstream at Nakhon Sawan province, it hit a record 5,740 cubic metres a second). Reservoirs around much of the country are already full to overflowing. To protect inner Bangkok, water is being frantically channelled to farmland in the surrounding provinces (which farmers must be delighted about). King Bhumibol Adulyadej has also granted permission to divert water to his personal properties in neighbouring provinces. Meanwhile, authorities are building flood dykes to an unprecedented three metres above sea level along the Chao Phraya's banks. So far, high tide has only just tipped two metres, but with the massive amounts of water moving south, they don't want to take any chances. As a long-term solution, irrigation authorities are now seeking 200,000 hectares of land to be set aside to absorb water that would otherwise inundate the capital. In the short-term, there's not much that can be done, except maybe buying some rubber boots and doing the opposite of a rain dance.