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Re: FLOODS 2000 - 10th ANNIVERSARY

Unread post by 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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Re: FLOODS 2000 - 10th ANNIVERSARY

Unread post by 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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Re: FLOODS 2000 - 10th ANNIVERSARY

Unread post by 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 post by 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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Re: FLOODS 2000 - 10th ANNIVERSARY

Unread post by 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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Re: FLOODS 2000 - 10th ANNIVERSARY

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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.
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Re: The flood, February 2000

Unread post by 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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Re: The flood, February 2000

Unread post by Joep Stevens » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:26 pm

Dear All,

Thanks for all the postings and link (Dalene). Great topic. Now with Shingwedzi floods so fresh in our memory and for many still painful, it is amazing to realise that since just before 2000 flood, all flood levels have reached record level, in human memory anyway. Undoubtedly Skukuza had it's record then (7 February 2000), yet the Sabie was a fury last year (18 January 2012), mainly due to Sand River much higher than in 2000. The Olifants reached it's record 18 January 2012, flooding the high level bridge for first time ever. The Letaba had it's record on 24 February 2000, although it flooded the high level bridge again this year, only at a lower level. The Nwaswitsonsto undoubtedly had it's record 18 January 2012 when Tshokwane was flooded at a level never experienced before. The Luvuvhu is an unsure case for me, although I have a suspicion it was higher in 2000 (at least the confluence with Limpopo), but I could be wrong. Shingwedzi was the last of the high level bridges that lost it's "virginity" late on 20 January 2013 flooding Shingwedzi Camp and staff quarters on a scale never recorded before in the history of the Park. Miraculously, in all the three floods mentioend, 2000, 2012 and 2013, no lives were lost (guests or staff)!

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Re: The flood, February 2000

Unread post by Scipio » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:36 pm

During 2000 floods I was in Moz, Chokwe to be precise, 2012 I was in Phalagat, and this year in JHB, but I have a theory in why the "Virgin" river as you rightly put it Joep was worst affected, and the Croc, Komati, Sabie was not. :thumbs_up:

I do think that the floods in 2000 changed the rivers in such a way, that they were maybe deeper, or flowing better for 2012, and the serious floods got to those rivers that did not have the oppertunity to adapt yet to this whole global warming, more rain and worse drought scenario.

Same with the Limpopo. :thumbs_up:

Just my thoughts. :hmz:

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Re: The flood, February 2000

Unread post by johanrebel » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:50 pm

Joep Stevens wrote:efore. The Luvuvhu is an unsure case for me, although I have a suspicion it was higher in 2000 (at least the confluence with Limpopo), but I could be wrong
I'm not sure about the Luvuvhu either, but have been told that the floodwaters reached the S63 tar road this time, which is quite some distance south of the 2000 flood marker. The only pictures I've seen of the confluence are from either the 16th or 17th. Impressive, but the river surely rose much higher over the next few days. Pictures would only have been possible from an aircraft by that time, I suspect.

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Re: The flood, February 2000

Unread post by Scottm » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:19 am

Interesting to review such a thread years after the event .... just another reminder of the height of the water adjacent to the Luvuvhu River on the road to Crooks Corner....

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