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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby TonyP » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:42 pm

It actually stopped raining here in White River at about 21:00, but it has just started up again. Will probably be on and off during the night. Dams between here and Sabi/Hazeview are overflowing so this water will end up in the park.

The lowveld is wet (to say the least) but we'll survive

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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:53 pm

Message from EcoJunkie who is in Lower Sabie:

Level dropping at Skukuza.

Lydenburg dam sluice opened.

Blydepoort dam at bursting point.

Talamati helicopter evac, if helicopter can be got.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Hippotragus » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:12 pm

Thoughts and prayers to all in and around Kruger at this time. Congratulations to SANParks for trying to make plans to protect the guests and staff. Thanks to people like EJ for keeping us informed of latest developments.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:28 pm

Message from EcoJunkie in Lower Sabie:

River subsiding. Looks as if we will now be ok tonight at least.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:34 pm

Oh thank goodness for that! :thumbs_up:

Lets hope it continues to subside.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby flying cheetah » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:40 pm

What a tragedy :cry: :cry: :cry: Once again we have to witness the incredible power of nature. I wish I would be in the park and could try to help in any way, it's very hard to be thousands of kilometers away from the place I love to much and all I can do is crying and praying :big_eyes:

DinkyBird wrote:River subsiding. Looks as if we will now be ok tonight at least.
I hope the situation will get better by now and that all who are in the park and the close areas are safe :pray: And thanks a million to all who are out there and do their best to fight against the water. Keep the spirit high and you should know that there are lots and lots of people all over the world who are with you at teh moment :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby twigga » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:58 pm

I was balling my eyes out all evening! Don't know, ther's just something intimidating about all that water and brings back alot of memories 2000 flood.....The stories of people coming together in time of need just touching. What goes up, must come down! And it did, Kruger was very dry last year, still shocked to compare pics from 2010, mother nature demanded a refund plus rent! Powerfull, the main focus is peoples safety and the damages will not even surface in the next few days. Just know we are you are in our hearts and prayers the whole time...
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:17 pm

Ecojunkie msgd to say Talamati is now also ok.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby flying cheetah » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:22 pm

Elsa wrote:Thanks DB,
if you have any further contact with EJ please do extend my sincere thanks to her for all she has done and for the info, certainly helped keep us in the picture.

And mine as well please. We are all with her at the moment :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Nellie Visser » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:53 pm

All the people affected with this floods, our thought's with you. I think this is enough now. I looked at the video from Letaba camp. My hart go out to all. I go to the park often, I live in Phalaborwa. We had 235mm of rain. My backyard's under water. It smells like a fish tank. I worry about trees falling and so on but I can not compare it to what I have been seeing the hole day. I am glued to the internet. Thinking of all. Hope the knight is safe. :pray:
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:14 am

Good morning all. The lastest in from EcoJunkie. (have passed on your concern for her and gratitude)

She says "All safe. Water levels dropping now - only had to move a few guests in the end"

"There are damaged bridges around, access being checked.De la porte drift damaged and Nwaswishaka bridge at Skukuza making access to gates difficult, if not closed."

And she is on line now too, before catching some sleep.

Well done EJ! :clap:
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Jaco V » Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:25 am

I've been following this thread since yesterday. I am honestly at a loss for words.

Well done to EJ and all those that worked trough the night to ensure
the safety of others.

Just had a news report on the radio. The flooding has peaked and is now subsiding.
The weather service states the weather is starting to clear.
There will still be rain in the next day or so, but it is clearing.
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby ecojunkie » Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:31 am

Hello all! It has been a long night........ so grateful all is OK here at least now. It appears that we now can access Croc Bridge and Skukuza again, but access to gates is questionable because of road and bridge damage. More information on that will come in from Tech folk later.

We had to move folk from some of the safari tents (and 2 got damaged), and also emptied Kirtland Guesthouse - the water was lapping onto the patio there. The staff village was also evacuated for a while, but when the river began to subside we were able to take staff back.

It was frustrating trying to keep folk in their bungalows/camp sites and again and again I had to ask the same folk to return to their sites........The only way we could be sure of keeping folk safe was if we knew where they were! But....... :wall:

The deck will need to be checked out as the water was very high and logs were smashing into the supports. We taped it off to stop folk going down there (and removed furniture from the restaurant).

Now going to try and catch up on some sleep. The walk this morning was cancelled (after I got up and ready!) so Martie, Irving and I quickly took a look at the road - and found some male lions sleeping near camp!
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby Wild Dreamer » Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:38 am

EJ, HATS OFF FOR YOU AND ALL OTHERS WHO WERE INVOLVED IN KEEPING OTHERS SAFE!!!
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And for all the updates. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kruger is flooding

Unread postby PNF » Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:40 am

ecojunkie wrote: - and found some male lions sleeping near camp!

.....Presumably they had sent the females out to check on the water levels :twisted:
Glad to see that you and all at LS are safe and that there appears to be no loss of life. Here on the western side of Limpopo we are are still waiting for good rain - had 5mm yesterday!
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