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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Sabi009 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:30 pm

Hi,

Wow, we stayed at Tambotie camp last night and left the gates early this morning -barely an hour later we got report road out had been flooded!

Hope the ppl still there are out of trouble.

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby DuQues » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:04 pm

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby DuQues » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:43 pm

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Rebirth of the river at Tamboti camp
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Low level bridge in Skukuza village is flooded
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Sabi009 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:38 pm

Elsa wrote:Welcome Sabi009! :clap:

Lucky and timely escape!
What did the river look like in front of the camp when you left?


Thanks: )

To be honest it was too dark to really see the river in the morning as we packed and left about 5 am, however the night before it was quite dry :?

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:34 pm

It is absolutely amazing that one year ago, yesterday, the big flood of Jan 2012 started ... see here.
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Crested Val » Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:28 am

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This was the view from the causeway over the Letaba River on the H14 yesterday morning. It's usually almost a dry river bed!!
It was just passable, but we have had heavy rain all night and this morning in Phalaborwa, so I would imagine it is even worse by now. Take care all who are in the park at the moment!!!
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Nicolette » Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:45 am

I just pray that Kruger will be okay. Last year they coped wonderfully. Lesego is a star again. I hope our infrastructure stands the water. I pray all people and animals are safe and life gets back to normal. On a not so nice thought I wish the pachers would be swept way!!!
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby johanrebel » Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:03 pm

Pafuri Camp now evacuated (that staff, that is, guests were moved out several days ago). I also understand that the Pafuri border post has been evacuated too, with everybody holed up at TEBA.

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:34 pm

Pics thanks to Jaco V and Reinette who are at Letaba at present.

Olifants River
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Letaba River - 7 hours ago
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The Letaba is now one mass of water, running from bank to bank. 9 mins ago
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:40 pm

Letaba 7 hours ago:
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Letaba - River walk way. Water is just a few feet from the fence. 15mins ago
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Letaba high water bridge looking down stream. Yesterday there was about 50m on the left of the pic. Now all water. 15mins ago.
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Elsa » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:02 pm

This just in from EJ

ecojunkie wrote:After lots of rain last night we had lots of rain today! Roads closed all over the place, and the Letaba river is well over the bridge on the Phalaborwa-Mopani tar road so that is closed too.
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:21 pm

Philip, Dr Mabunda once said something that has stayed with me - he said this after the 2000 floods. (And I cannot remember word for word what he said now, but the essence was this):

The animals have instinct to protect them.

The animals moved to higher ground long before the humans knew what was happening. The hippos and crocs moved out of the rivers. All this rain is good to wash out disease in the rivers and clean the rivers.

I (me) am sure this rain is going to be good to clear the anthrax too.
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:27 pm

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Crested Val » Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:59 pm

Mads wrote:Johanrebel,I hope you keep safe... I saw they forcasted alot of rain for Punda area tonight... Please post more pics...We get alot of news from the Southern part of Kruger... but little from the North...

Thanks DB!


Still raining heavily here Mads, in Phala, and has been for 36hours non stop....also high winds. Letaba River very high. :cry:
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby DuQues » Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:11 pm

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Lower Sabie
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H10 Lower Sabie bridge overflowing... by Karen Birkenbach
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