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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Lesego » Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:49 pm

Here are more updates on the floods:

The entrance gates listed below have been closed until further notice:
Entrance Gates:
• Crocodile Bridge
• Giriyondo Border post

The road between Letaba and Olifants is not accessible. All gravel roads and low level bridges must be avoided.

Currently, the following three facilities are closed:
• Biyamiti Bush Camp
• Shimuwini Bush Camp
• Talamati Bush Camp
• Tshokwane Picnic site

Road between Letaba & Phalaborwa flooded and Letaba Camp without electricity – generator room flooded.
Causeway on road between Skukuza and Malelane/ Pretoriuskop (6km from Skukuza) flooded.

Herewith some additions:

1. Tar road between Nwamanzi Lookout and Olifants River Highlevel bridge on H1-4 extensively damaged and closed.
2. Causeway over Nshawu River on tar road between Mopani & Letaba (H1-5) flooded.
3. Causeway over Letaba River on tar road between Mopani and Phalaborwa Gate (H14) flooded.
4. Causeway on tar road between Letaba and Phalaborwa Gate (H9) near Letaba flooded.
5. Phalaborwa Gate closed.
6. Causeway on tar road between Skukuza and Malelane/ Pretoriuskop at Delaporte Waterhole flooded.
7. As a result of above Olifants and Letaba cannot be accessed at the moment.


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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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:53 pm

http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/guestbook1.html

Reading the last paragraph below , one can expect flooding far in excess of that recorded in 2000 ...

093. Tony Swemmer - 2012-01-18 13:45:27
We have received 172mm at the Phalaborwa offices (in Kruger Park) since 5am yesterday. Still possible to get to Letaba Camp, but road between Letaba Camp and Olifants Camp is flooded at certain parts.

Our weather station on road to top of Mariepskop Mountain (Mpumalanga), at 1300m altitude, has recorded 415mm between midnight and 1pm today!
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Re: Kruger is flooding

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby brogan » Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:38 pm

just saw pictures of the crocodile bridge. hope it survives!!! its just been finished!!! as well there are pictures on New 24 of a road close to lower Sabie (I think) where the flood is totally over the road by, what I can tell as probably close to half a metre!!!! crazy flooding...

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:38 pm

jhrabie@gmail.com wrote:Any news on Marloth Park???


Wild Dreamer wrote:The Crocodile River has broken its banks and the water is busy pushing into the riverside growth, trees and all. (Flood mode?) Churning, wild, thunderous flow.
Marloth had over 200mm in places in 24 hours. All the little overflow streamlets are like rivers, roads are badly damaged. At one spot in Seekoei Rd. running alongside the river, the road has crumbled up halfway across and the water is taking everything with it.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Dakka » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:07 pm

At Phalaborwa talk is of 230ml in the past 24 hrs. The main road to Gravelotte Tzaneen area closed due to bridge damage just out of town. Kruger gate closed. Trees have fallen across the road in town roots simply cannot cope with wet soil. No other damage I have heard of.

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:12 pm

I have just watched the news on TV and see that 54 villages south of KNP in the Nkomazi area are cut off from the world.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby roaneric » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:15 pm

DinkyBird wrote:I have just watched the news on TV and see that 54 villages south of KNP in the Nkomazi area are cut off from the world.


Oh no... I hope that the people living in that villages are safe. :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray:
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Herman1170 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:18 pm

Have you saved a tree lately?
Please consider your environmental responsibility.

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby oddesy » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:30 pm

Stark wrote:Can someone give a brief rundown of effects to the park due to the 2000 flood? I believe knp was closed? Not speculating, just curious.


Here is some idea of the effect the floods have from a scientific point of view (on the ecosystem)

http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/1540-9295(2005)003%5B0487%3ATEOEFO%5D2.0.CO%3B2


All of that is based on the effects of the 2000 floods. very complex but should give anyone interested an idea.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:33 pm

More pics have been added by News24 - link
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:35 pm

Moose wrote:Has anyone got news of Elephant Walk lodge? They're the lodge immediately on the left as you're going into the gate at Croc Bridge. It's just hit me that they're right on the Croc River :( Such wonderful people, and now i'm really worried...

Marloth is OK!

Worried for friends in Marloth as well now. What started as as a few 'wow' photos, is getting really scary... It's so hard when you aren't there and can't see how things are for yourself :cry:
Securicon said one house in Seekoei and one in Crocodile Roads are flooded but only in the cellars and these are under control and help has been sent there.
That's all so far.
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Re: The flood, February 2000

Unread postby Penny » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:37 pm

The buffalo that were lying on the floodplain in front of our verandah have all moved into Kruger and the river is now bank to bank and I doubt that the bridge at Croc bridge will withstand the bombardment from the size of the logs and trees that will be hitting it! Where the buffalo were is now wall to wall water!
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Safari Gal » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:14 pm

Just had a press release that Mala Mala reserve is closing with immediate effect for the next 7 days dependent on the prevailing rain. As this is right next to Kruger it shows how dire the situation is. Last time they had to do this was in 2000.
Please Mods if you think this is inappropriate for this forum please remove, but feel it does bear relevance to the problem we are having in the area.
It is still POURING in White River and it is getting extremely worrying for all of us.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Wild Dreamer » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:27 pm

Marloth Park:
About an hour ago we received a high alert flood call from Securicon who again received a call from Nkomazi Municipality situated in Malelane: A dam wall in Malelane has a 50% chance of bursting, all along Crocodile River must be warned. Marloth Park among others will be in serious trouble if this should happen.
My heart goes out to those in Hoedspruit and all other areas. Prayer chains have been set in motion all over the country.


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