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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:05 pm 
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Thank you everyone for the continuos updates, much appreciated :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Hi everyone

Please note that the pictures of the flood and aftermath have been split off to a separate topic - The January 2012 Kruger Flood in Picutes. Please add you photos and videos to that topic. This will ensure easy reference for the future. This topic will remain one for reports, information and discussion.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Flutterby wrote:
Does anyone know how all this damage compares to the damage after the 2000 floods?


Flutterby, having been in and around Kruger in 2000, and again last week I do think that 2000 was much worse, although the areas between rivers was harder hit this time round, i.e. Tshokwane and Olifants area past Satara, Also, the water at Letaba came from the opposite edge of camp, that little stream you walk over to the Picnic site from the shops. Most of the real damage seems to have come from the little steams you cross everyday in Kruger, that is usually bone dry.

I do have a theory in that the 2000 floods basically carved a way in the Major waterways to enable the water to not burst the banks, and that might have made a difference as well. But just My opinion. :hmz:

If you look at some of the pic's, i.e. Komatpoort Low level bridge, the pumphouse on the other side of the pic was totally submerged in 2000, here it is still sticking out by about 3 meters. Also I think that the Park staff was very fast, and efficient in their reactions, and that made a difference :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Morning 'mites.
Just a cup of coffee to kickstart the day :) :lotsocoffee: :lotsocoffee:

Here is another media update on the Kruger Floods.

Please note that all gravel roads south of Letaba River (except S3 connecting Phabeni and Numbi gates, are still closed and will be reopened as they dry.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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H mites!
Where can I see the pic of Tshokwane?

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Taken from the media release:

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The South African National Parks would like to take this opportunity to thank all the citizens, guests to the Kruger National Park for their messages of support during the recent floods in the park. Your patience, assistance of other tourists and tolerance did not go unnoticed and it is highly appreciated.

SANParks is busy recovering and repairing the damages caused by the floods and some services might still be down or disrupted during this period. We apologies for inconvenienced that might be experienced and we promise to do everything in power to minimize the disruptions.

Thank you once again and we are looking forward to welcoming you back into our national parks.

Glenn Phillips
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H mites!
Where can I see the pic of Tshokwane?

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Hi twigga

Have a look at the topic with all the pics - link

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Lesego wrote:
Morning 'mites.
Just a cup of coffee to kickstart the day :) :lotsocoffee: :lotsocoffee:

Here is another media update on the Kruger Floods.

Please note that all gravel roads south of Letaba River (except S3 connecting Phabeni and Numbi gates, are still closed and will be reopened as they dry.



:lol: Enjoy the coffee Lesego! many thanks for the update.


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Flutterby wrote:
Does anyone know how all this damage compares to the damage after the 2000 floods?


This recent flood damage seems more serious in central region , and higher than in 2000 ?
At the height of the flooding 270mm was measured in 24 hrs at Hoedspruit , 415mm at Mariepskop (on the escarpment to the east of Hoedspruit) .
Referring to latest media update , I do not recall that Talamati, Tamboti , Mudzanzeni , Nhlangulene , Tshokwane were closed in 2000 .

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic - Lives up to its name
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Hi there all.

Thanks for pictures and the updates on the Bird Hide.

In news what happened to the beautiful wooden walkway running next to the Indigenous Nursery and over the "wetland area stream".

My kids love that walk and picnic we do on the benches at the Nursery... after a visit to the Hide..

I am sure that walkway would have been severely damaged in my opinion! :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic - Lives up to its name
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Maybe we should wait until the weather stabilizes before assessing the damage. It could still happen further.

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic - Lives up to its name
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Fizzpop wrote:
In news what happened to the beautiful wooden walkway running next to the Indigenous Nursery and over the "wetland area stream".
I am sure that walkway would have been severely damaged in my opinion! :cry:
Fizzpop, I do recall seeing some pics of the walkway next to the nursery and it didn't look in too good a shape but nothing that can't be repaired given a bit of time.
So glad Lake Panic managed to survive. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Tx DB! Amazing footage...

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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Hey 'mites, more updates for you. :wink:

Kruger Flood update as at 15:30pm 24/01/2012. Full Media Release to be found here.

Lower Sabie causeway has now reopened and several gravel roads in Marula South and Marula Central have reopened.
The South African National Parks would like to take this opportunity to thank all the citizens, guests to the Kruger National Park for their messages of support during the recent floods in the park. Your patience, assistance of other tourists and tolerance did not go unnoticed and it is highly appreciated. :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger is flooding
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:thumbs_up: Thanks Lesego


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