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Re: FLOODS 2000 - 10th ANNIVERSARY

Unread postby Scipio » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:34 pm

I was living in Moz, and the floods got me there. :tongue: I walked out with a short & t-shirt, and saw a lot of people die. :cry: It was rough, very bad. :?

Phew Jen, all that water just came down and wiped everything out. :big_eyes:

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Re: FLOODS 2000 - 10th ANNIVERSARY

Unread postby Rooies » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:36 pm

I just hope that the new Croc bridge will withstand such an onslaught by nature.
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Re: FLOODS 2000 - 10th ANNIVERSARY

Unread postby Jen » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:39 pm

My husband standing on the edge of the bridge... the water was rising as we stood there!

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The flooded petrol station in Mica. (Small town near Phalaborwa gate)

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View of the Letaba river from the front of the restaurant. This was taken a day later when we finally got back to Letaba camp. You can see the fence in the right hand corner!

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The Olifants river taken 2 days later.

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Re: FLOODS 2000 - 10th ANNIVERSARY

Unread postby steamtrainfan » Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:17 pm

My sincere thanks to all have responded to this thread.
Special thanks must go to Jen for her detailed account and photos.
I just cannot believe the Letaba Bridge and Letaba Camp pics.
Please other forumites , if you have a tale to tell or pics to share lets read or see them.
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Unread postby Jungle Junkie » Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:09 pm

In Feb/March 2000 was the first time Kariba opened the flood gates since it was built in the '60 besides to test! All that water poured into Mozambique and they were flooded.
Unfortunately people had built their homes on the flood plains downstream (as they had never been flooded in 40 years) and the villages were washed away..

Remember the woman that birth in a tree and the SAAF helicopters were the ONLY rescue method to help them. Those crews were fantastic working virtually around the clock airlifting people out of the water :clap: :clap:
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Unread postby Sprocky » Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:15 pm

At the old Nelspruit airport we set up an air bridge to fly supplies to Moz.
This was a 24 hour operation and we lost a few aircraft during the aid lift, not lost but damaged on the ground due to runway wash away and soft ground.

Can you believe it, the bulk of the supplies that was flown in was water....fresh drinking water. :shock: :?

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Unread postby H. erectus » Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:52 pm

Will never forget, driving in the Levuvhu riverbed toward Crooks.
First time there and first time back in Kruger in a borrowed car ie;
Honda ballade(low level).
We had just passed under a fever tree, which boasted a flip flop
( SA sandal) dangling from a branch, when a screeching sound
started, in the left back wheel.
There were monitors basking in the sun on fallen trees and it
presented a almost eerie situation.
Will never forget.
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Re: FLOODS 2000 - 10th ANNIVERSARY

Unread postby bushwalker » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:42 am

Amazing stuff and thanks for the pics.
I recall being told how some animals seemed to know what was about to happen a day or two in advance.
I think there were reports of crocs walking on some tar roads, presumably to get to higher ground before the flood water arrived.
Does anyone have any sightings or reports to confirm this ?
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Unread postby o-dog » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:50 am

Hey Bushwalker...I heard this too!
I do know that some animals came short though, not least a poor lioness who swam across the raging Letaba River and reached the other side (amazing feat) which was Letaba Camp. She ended up in the camp and had to be shot as she was posing a real threat to guests and couldn't be chased out.
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Unread postby okie » Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:10 pm

Rooies wrote:The head of Kruger at that stage said that there were no reports of animal deaths. He jokingly added that they only saw one baboon on a floating log, going across the border to Moz without a passport.



I also heard that , and that he then became the first animal in the new trans-frontier park :huh:
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Re: The flood, February 2000

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Re: The flood, February 2000

Unread postby oddesy » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:50 pm

Thanks for those links DB :thumbs_up:

Penny wrote: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!

:shock: lets hope it is not too badly damaged!
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Re: The flood, February 2000

Unread postby johanrebel » Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:28 pm

Penny wrote: the H10 not accessible.

Maybe not from Lower Sabie, but it was perfectly accessible from Tshokwane / Orpen Dam, as well as Salitjie. In other words, it was driveable for its entire length.
So were most roads from the Sabie River northwards, including the gravel ones after they had dried out after a couple of days, even if some were officially closed.

Game viewing after the floods was unsurpassed.
Almost no tourist vehicles, no speeding trucks/bakkies/taxis, and lots of animals everywhere, often right on the roads.
One could drive from Satara via Tshokwane (closed)down to the Sand River on the normally very busy H1-2, carefully weave through a pride of lions lounging on the road, only to find them in exactly the same spot when coming back 1½ later.
This particular road also completely changed character, with animal spoor, droppings, branches and other debris littering the road undisturbed.
Kruger as it ought to be.

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Re: The flood, February 2000

Unread postby johanrebel » Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:15 pm

ndloti wrote: The only camps that were temporarily closed were Skukuza , (Lower Sabie ? Cr Bridge) and the southern wilderness trails camps (acces roads washed away) .
Byamiti closed too, I think it only reopened on May or so. Talamati remained open, but they were smart enough to close all gravel roads leading there, only to then tell people to drop the chains themselves.

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Re: The flood, February 2000

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