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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby norms » Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:39 pm

A huge thanks to all involved for a job well done following the recent floods in Kruger.

I am in the park now and after seeing the damage I can only imagine what it must have been like.

I can gladly report that Lake Panic and the Hide survived the flooding. I spent a good hour there this morning. All is normal except that the water level is 'a bit' higher. Lack of bird life though!!

Vlakvarksegat's previous post says it all.

Mopping up operations are ongoing and Skukuza and Berg-en-Dal are fine.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Safari Gal » Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:43 pm

Cant believe that pic of Tshokwane - sheer devastation!!
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby bert » Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:45 pm

At last a decent strong Croc bridge :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Safari Gal » Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:47 pm

Hope the staff at Tshokwane are all ok and that the resident bush bucks managed to escape before the water level rose so much
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Leanawel » Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:50 pm

and :thumbs_up: for Lake Panic also - can't believe it survived it all :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Flutterby » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:21 pm

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

Unread postby bert » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:47 pm

suspect a report will be made up in the near future
all i know is that the water level was not as high as then and less camps were hit by the water
And the north was spared this time

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:25 pm

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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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Scipio » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:29 am

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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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Lesego » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:45 am

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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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:03 am

Taken from the media release:

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.

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:05 am

twigga wrote:H mites!
Where can I see the pic of Tshokwane?

Tx....

Hi twigga

Have a look at the topic with all the pics - link
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:38 am

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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Re: Lake Panic - Lives up to its name

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:10 pm

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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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Lesego » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:19 pm

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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