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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic - Lives up to its name
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:28 pm 
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This is the bottom dam at the golf course, not the one at the hide.

I wonder whether the top one survived?

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Thanks for the update Alf! :thumbs_up:
Any other news on the conditions in the park?


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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic - Lives up to its name
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Very impressive pics that show the incredible power of water masses :big_eyes:
Thanks for posting Imberbe :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Up to now, I have read each and every post on this thread, opened each and every news release/video. Absolutely shocking! I can only echo what everybody else have said up to now, and that is a BIG thank you to all SANPARKS personnel, mods, and everybody for their hard work during this very sad period of time. :clap: :clap: :clap: Especially, first of all Ecojunkie, and together with her, Dinkybird! :clap: :clap: :clap: DB, you have been very busy these past few days, and it doesn't go unnoticed. Thanks a million! Lesego, you stay a star! :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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The bridge outside skukuza towards kruger gate is damaged but it is open. The bridge just before tshokwane is also damaged but open. The low water bridge crossing the sabie river is closed also the bridge going over the olifants to balule. The t-junction of the H8 to olifants is damaged and closed. Detour on the gravel road open past balule.

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic - Lives up to its name
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Panic, indeed :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

The power of water cannot be described.

I once sat in the Free State at a peaceful scene. I knew that we were waiting for "floods".

I watched an empty dam become a death scene for many little creatures in minutes. I could not believe the speed, but also the calm.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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TT wrote:
Any news on Biyamiti? I have a reservation there for the coming weekend. I see they still list it as closed.

Anyway, hats off to all the staff and SANDF who really had their hands full these past few days and just proved that they will go the extra mile.

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Hi TT,

Even if they open the camp you might still have problems with road closures around the camp and difficulties crossing drifts along the Croc river.

We stayed at Biyamiti last year (maybe same weekend - end of Jan) and could not cross Biyamiti weir and Mhlambane river (S114/S119). Last year the volume of rain that fell the few weeks before our visit were much less than now so you might have the same problem.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Incredible photo's, Shutterbug! :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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mel123 wrote:
I can understand the Croc bridge gate being closed.
I woud expext it to be. What I am puzzled by is that Phabeni is closed, and is still staying closed.
Maybe because the dirt roads leading from it is closed? :hmz:
The gate itself shouldn't be damaged surely?



Was Phabeni not opened after the 2000 floods?
The idea being that it would provide access to the park if there were serious floods again.


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Yoda there is a bridge about 300 meteres from the gate. I think troubl is there already. So if the gate open you can go 300 meters only

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 Post subject: Re: I'm thinking of! (RV)
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Is there a way that persons who want to help, but cannot get to the kruger and adjacent areas, can get involved. I.e can we donate money for the cleaning up and rebuilding of the roads/ bridges etc and for those persons who lost their stuff in the flood? Is there a possibility something like this can be run through the VHR's?

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Wow I had no idea it was so bad! Thanks to everyone who has been updating us, it's shocking to see the damage :o

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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wildflowergirl wrote:
Is there a way that persons who want to help, but cannot get to the kruger and adjacent areas, can get involved. I.e can we donate money for the cleaning up and rebuilding of the roads/ bridges etc and for those persons who lost their stuff in the flood? Is there a possibility something like this can be run through the VHR's?

Hey WFG :D
Sanparks have not yet set up a fund for the donations towards repairs. A request has been sent for a recovery donations fund to Sanparks, but I expect it will take a few more days to set up. But I look forward to the time when us sitting at home can chip in to help :D

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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DinkyBird wrote:
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TT, a reply from Jerry at Biyamiti:

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The camp is still closed; many of our roads are damaged and very wet.

Thanks

Jerry Magale
Biyamiti bush camp


I have asked him if it is possible to say when he thinks the camp will open.

Jerry replied:

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From Tuesday 24/01/2012 it will be fine.


TT, I suggest you just keep a close watch on the media releases as things can change quickly, but it looks like you will be able to stay at Biyamiti next weekend.



Thanks. Will hold thumbs. It will be our first stay there.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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I can only echo what everybody else has already said up to now, and that is a HUGE thank you to all SANPARKS personnel, mods, and everybody for their hard work during this dramatic period. I am so proud to be a South African right now, thanks to all of you. :gflower: :gflower:

A VERY special thanks to Ecojunkie, Dinkybird, Lesego and even Wacktazz, as well as those of you in the park, for keeping us 'in the loop'. :gflower: :gflower: :gflower:

I hope that your family and home are all okay, Wacktazz.

Thanks a million Lesego, you are a star! Your regular updates, at a time like this, were so appreciated. :gflower: :gflower:

Thank you as well to everyone who uploaded photos for us to share. :clap: :clap: Sitting at home at a time like this, you can only imagine the devastation caused by something like this. Seeing the photos makes it all so much more real and heartbreaking.

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