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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:40 pm 
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http://www.tandatula.com/tanda-tula-blog/major-floods-in-the-timbavati-and-surrounds/

Check this link for images from Tanda Tula camp which is situated on the normally dry Timbavati river which is a tributary of the Olifants River! I would imagine that Olifants River will be worse off than 2000.

Holding thumbs for everyone and hoping the animals do what they normally do and clear out before it gets too dangerous but its very exciting to see nature taking its course and reminding us who owns Kruger!

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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The situation is being taken care of and people in the affected camps have been relocated to the available camps. For those with bookings in camps, please phone your lodge to confirm the condition and access possibilities to get there.
Technical Services team is monitoring the roads situation and will find access routes for guests who are affected. Guests coming in at the affected camps, in the next few days have been informed of the situation.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Hi Me and the wife are fine! Thank you for the thoughts! Water level has subsided now, but still pouring rain in some parts. I took a drive to Tshokwane, and it was obviously under water at some point. The water mark is up to the windows of the toilets (which are full of mud!).

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Do not panic, but, a few houses in skukuza, including mine is being evacuated as we speak. Naturally, i cannot get there

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Respite for flooded Kruger Park

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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DinkyBird wrote:
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As far as I have seen Kallis, the north of the park doesn't seem to have been so badly hit.
Agree (my personal opinion here) have not seen any pics or heard any reports of the northern parts being affected.

I am sure tomorrow there will be a clearer picture of the situation in the park.

Phala gate is closed. And the Phala-Mopani road and Phala-Letaba road.
In other words, Punda Maria is the only possible gate entry and exit if you are North.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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We are looking at evacuation plans here if the river level reaches a certain rock near the restaurant......... So much depends on what is happening upstream.......

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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EJ is the river rising rapidly?

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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It is fluctuating a bit. Was on the high level bridge early today, but when I was there it was below it. Apparently it has risen again now. And some folk have come back here saying they cannot cross one of the causeways en route to Skuks where they are staying because the water is now too high...... The real worry is dams bursting and sudden high volumes coming through.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Kruger Flood update as at 17h50 on 18 January 2012

Camps not accessible:
Skukuza
Lower Sabie
Crocodile Bridge
Biyamiti
Talamati
Olifants
Satara
Balule
Bateleur
Shimuweni
Sirheni
Imbali Concession Lodge
Tamboti
Tshokwane picnic site

Gates closed:
Phabeni gate
Paul Kruger gate
Crocodile Bridge gate
Giriyondo Border gate
Malelane to Skukuza
Phalaborwa gate to Mopani
Letaba to Mopani
Olifants to Satara
Lower Sabie to Skukuza
Crocodile Bridge to Lower Sabie

All gravel roads are closed.

Lower Sabie and Skukuza are cut off and precautionary evacuations are being carried out on low lying areas, which include Staff accommodation, river view chalets and some camping grounds. The situation is under control and the SANDF is also assisting where necessary. Stranded people are being assisted. Some guests are being evacuated to nearby accommodation facilities outside the Park.

Emergency Numbers:
Media Enquiries: Reynold Thakhuli 073 373 4999 / Gabrielle Venter 082 696 4724
Tourist Enquiries: Glenn Phillips 083 630 4584 / Joep Stevens 082 802 8093

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Can almost not believe it's 12 years since we were in the north of Kruger during the 2000 floods. And now this again. Time to revise the 1-in-100-year flood levels?

EJ: Your photos of the ellies on the road are amusing. For animals that love playing in water, they really don't like their feet muddy and would much rather walk on the roads. We noticed this in the 2000 floods.

Thanks for sharing EJ. The staff and guests are in our thoughts during this scary time.

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Just had a message from Ecojunkie who is at Lower Sabie ... "some evac starting"

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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The first few houses along the natshiswaka river have reportedly starting to flood, with some garden furniture etc on the way to moz. My wife and FIL has just loaded some belongings on a truck, heading for more people in the area

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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The dam wall at the golf club just broke

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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roaneric wrote:
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cheetah2111 wrote:
Penga Ndlovu wrote:
SERIOUS PROBLEMS FOR THE HOEDSPRUIT AREA.

APERENTLY BLYDE RIVIER DAM JAS CRACKED.
IF YOU HAVE FAMILY OR FRIENDS THERE PLEASE WARN THEM.
If u know anyone in Hoedspruit pls pass on this number u may save a life! Hoedspruit Crisis Management Center - Any persons in a crisis or danger due to the rain can contact the following numbers and they will come to the rescue 015 799 2350 / 2521 / 2304 Please send this nr to all you Hoedspruit friends. [/size]


Please see here regarding this info:- http://www.facebook.com/kruger2canyon/p ... 2798274507



Oh NO :big_eyes: That's terrible news. We have just been there to view the big dam wall. Oh I pray that everyone in the surroundings will be safe :pray: :pray: :pray:

the link Dinks sent me suggests it didn't crack at all. So we don't know about that. what we do know is that Hoedspruit is in trouble all the same! :big_eyes:

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