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The flood, February 2000

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Unread post by Freda » Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:51 pm

Balule Bridge 27-01-2008 :shock:
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:55 pm

Oh wow Freda :shock: That is amazing! Thanks for the pic!
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Unread post by Freda » Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:19 pm

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So much more water since I saw it four weeks ago, it's scary :shock:

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Unread post by Freda » Sat Feb 02, 2008 7:53 pm

# 2 was the viewpoint and # 3 the Olifant's Bridge :D
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Unread post by Jumbo » Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:25 am

For those who are interested:

After it hit the northern part of Moz as a Cat 3, Cyclone Jokwe went back into the Moz channel. The landfall made it weaker (Cat 1) but due to the warm tropical conditions in the channel it has now increased in strength to a Cat 2. Its current predicted path is south and then west.

Most up-to-date prediction:
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Another interesting website to follow this storm (bit behind Meteo France)
Tropical Storm Risk (TSR)

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Unread post by Jumbo » Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:50 pm

Elsa wrote:not looking too good, is it? :?


Have to admit, it is tad worrying to see Maputo on that map :lol:
These systems are however so unpredictable.
We have kept an eye on it from when it moved into northern part of the Moz channels.
What is now a Cat 2 Cyclone, was 24hrs ago predicted to be a Tropical Storm…so they somewhat underestimated it.
But apparently it should decrease in strength when it gets out of the channel due to colder water and side winds …something like that…lot of technical explanations. :?
If it does make landfall in southern Moz (hopefully only as a weak Tropical Storm or a Tropical Depression) it should at least bring a bit of rain to the southern parts of Kruger.
The rainy season started out so well but then in February we only had 7 mm of rain for the whole month (measured at our house in Marloth)…the bush now already resembles winter times.
If this cyclone however increase in strength and hit southern Moz as a Cat 3, as it was when in brushed past the northern coast, there is a whole lot of rain on the way….in northern Moz. the city of Nampula, that is 150 km inland, had 200 mm of rain.

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KNP Flood dvd

Unread post by wacktazz » Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:00 pm

I am busy watching the 2000 floods video of the park right now for the first time.
Its the scariest thing thing I've ever seen.
The devastation was tremendous.
They saved one guy from a pack of wild dogs.
He had to stand on one of the road markers.
At 4 pm the water was at the highest levels.
Some waves were 9 or ten meters high.
Many houses in the villages was only visible by their roofs.
You could see at some places where the Sabie was almost 2 kilometres wide.
The restaurant was submerged up to the lowest point of the roof and many roofs of bungalows was gone.
If you know how high the Selati bridges is, the water ran about one metre below it.
A sad truth is that more than 90 percent of people had no insurance.
People had to start from scratch again. And all the memories like photos is gone.
Furniture was picked up until well beyond Lower Sabie
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Re: KNP Flood dvd

Unread post by wacktazz » Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:30 pm

Quickie wrote:Can one buy the DVD in the park shops? We visited Croc bridge during Jan 2000 and experienced amazing weather. We never used the bungalow's aircon during our 3 night stay! 8) It was quite a sight to see the difference to the Sabie river landscape after the floods - almost all the big trees on the river banks gone! :big_eyes:
The power of nature....

If all goes well, I will sell it im my shop from next week. Pm me if you want one, and Ill send one.
I will get into contact with all the others that wants one who pmd me previously
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Unread post by Fanta » Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:42 am

I remember my dad had to tow in a Germany fellow Land Rover that was swept away by the floods at Skukuza that night it all came down.
After the river "toned" down away from the restaurant they walked up and down the railings to look for the Landy.
My stepmother eventually spotted the the wheel axe in the water and it was almost a km from where it was to where the found it, total write off with a baby croc inside :big_eyes: .
It's amazing when I saw his DVD of it.
Whenever we drive around the Skukuza area I still the some of the huge trees still on the river banks that was taken out by that floods.
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:22 pm

Whacktazz at Nhkulu Picnic spot is selling a video made my SANHU on the flood. It is really worth purchasing. It runs for about 30min with interviews with those involved in the rescues and with those who lost so many possessions.

Amazing to see the masses of water that flowed through the park.

What is also amazing is to see how Kruger was restored, at great expense, with little evidence now of this great flood.

As they say in the video, the flood that changed the face of Kruger.
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Re: The flood, February 2000

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:36 pm

yoda wrote:Does anyone have an idea if this sort of high rainfall is likely to happen again in the near future? Or is it one of those freak one off events?


Yes it will happen again, maybe not as high, or maybe even higher. Nobody knows when though.
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Unread post by Pjw » Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:08 pm

If you go to crooks corner you pass a building which shows the level the floods have reached over the years. I have a photo somewhere. Will see if I can find it
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Re: The flood, February 2000

Unread post by Pjw » Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:23 pm

Here it is
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The building is almost double storey height. The top line is the 2000 floods on 09 feb
2nd line is1977
3rd is1972
and so on. This is the flood levels for the Levubu/Limpopo river confluence and this building is quite some distance from the river. The amount of water that must have passed through is frightening
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2000 Kruger Floods

Unread post by SilverSpur » Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:08 am

Hi All,

With the 2000 floods 10 year anniversary just around the corner I would like to know the recovery status of the areas affected.

Especially the section between Kruger Gate and Lower-Sabie. At that time the landscape changed dramatically and seems to have recovered well.

What happened to the heroes of the day? Where are they now?

Should something like this happen again does SANParks have a disaster plan in place?

Any comments or feedback is welcome

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Re: 2000 Kruger Floods

Unread post by Scipio » Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:15 pm

Huge floods/weather systems like this are probably cyclical. Does anyone have any idea when the next one is expected?


Yoda, one like that may or may never happen again. :hmz:

The rivers burst their banks at various places on the 7th of February 2000, with the real flooding following 0n the ninth in the South. It lasted a while & the change pre flood to after flood can still be seen, some debris from the floods 10 years ago, can actually also still be seen. :big_eyes:


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