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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:40 am 
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We measured 230mm in White River this morning. Guage was actually overflowing so probably more than that, and it is still pouring here! Very worrying - very similar to the type of rain we had in the floods in 2000

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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To everyone in the affected areas, just stay safe!!! :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Due to the heavy rains in the Kruger National Park, some entrance gates and camps have been closed.

Read here for the Notice.

We will keep you updated.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Lesego I'm gonna paste the info here :thumbs_up:

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Communications 18th January 2011


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Following heavy rains encountered in and around the Kruger area, this is an urgent warning. The following areas have been affected:

The entrance gates and roads listed below have been closed until further notice:

Entrance Gates:

Crocodile Bridge
Giriyondo Border post

The road between Letaba and Satara is not accessible. Guests wishing to travel to Olifants and Letaba can only do that from Phalaborwa Gate. All gravel roads and low level bridges must be avoided.

Currently, the following facilities are closed:

Biyamiti Bush Camp
Shimuwini Bush Camp
Talamati Bush Camp
Tshokwane Picnic site

The Tinga Private Lodge is currently being evacuated and guests that were on the Sweni Wilderness Trail have already been evacuated. The National Parks helicopter is currently being used for evacuations where necessary.

Further updates will follow.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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This might be the wrong time to look at positives but, this could flush the rivers of pollution and viruses. Just thinking about the virus killing the crocs in the Olifants river.

Natures way of cleaning up and getting rid of some unwanted stuff in the rivers.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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:big_eyes: :big_eyes: Some powerful images!! :pray: :pray: Hoping everyone is safe and that there is not too much dammage

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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This might be the wrong time to look at positives but, this could flush the rivers of pollution and viruses. Just thinking about the virus killing the crocs in the Olifants river.

Natures way of cleaning up and getting rid of some unwanted stuff in the rivers.


Or could make it worse! The river cannot flush out properly because of the dam wall, and so anything washed that far just ends up polluting the area - the reason for the problem in the first place.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:02 pm 
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EJ, True but if the floodgates on the wall is opened then some of the pollutants will get flushed away.

Lets hope it turns out to be for the better. :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Hi Daar,

Dis darm woes hoor. Weet iemand dalk waar kan ek nog fotos kry van die vloede, ons het vriende wat in Maroela tuisgaan en hulle sê dis ongelooflik baie waters.


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Here's praying that everybody keeps safe in KNP with no loss of life to man or animal. Though the latter I guess is inevitable. Have seen the power of a flooding river at Biyamiti a few years back, when the access road was closed, and I just stood by, listening to that roar. Just awesome, and can be very destructive. And have seen Barbels take refuge close to the banks of the Sabie river, when that river start swelling after some heavy rain.
Awesome pics coming through.


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Does anyone know who I can check in with who can advise if I should postpone my weekend trip?

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Hi Zelda, I am sure more photos will be posted soon.

Unconfirmed reports that Hoedspruit town is closed down. The airforce base being evacuated and that the 100 year flood line is now surpassed.

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Zeldag wrote:
Hi Daar,

Dis darm woes hoor. Weet iemand dalk waar kan ek nog fotos kry van die vloede, ons het vriende wat in Maroela tuisgaan en hulle sê dis ongelooflik baie waters.

Zelda, this is an English language forum. ;)

I hope your friends post some photos here when they are back?

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Best to follow the official messages on this site and/or call SANparks at Groenkloof

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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:big_eyes: :big_eyes: thanks for sharing that picture WTM It is starting to look like 2000 all over again

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