Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ai-Ais/Richterfeld high flood levels

SANParks has announced the closure of all campsites in the Richtersveld section of the /Ai-/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park until further notice.
The closure of the campsites has been necessitated by the high level of the Orange River which is expected to rise above its 1988 level of 11 m at Noordoewer when the flood peaks in the Lower Orange River.
SANParks says in a news release the campsites at De Hoop, De Koei, Tatasberg, Richtersberg, Kokerboomkloof, Hakkiesdoring, Potjiespram, as well as at Sendelingsdrift Campsite have been closed. Accommodation in the chalets at Sendelingsdrift will, however, still be available.
The flood has also affected the operations of private accommodation establishments downstream of Noordoewer.
The Namibian Roads Authority has, meanwhile, announced the closure of the DR212 gravel road along the northern bank of the Orange River between Aussenkehr and Sendelingsdrift.
Operations of the pontoon at Sendelingsdrift, which facilitates the flow of traffic between the Richtersveld section of the park and Namibia, have been suspended for more than a week because of the high level of the river and the pontoon is expected to remain close for some time to come.
The Orange River reached a record high of 11.39 m at Noordoewer in 1974 and stood at 7 m in February last year when it reached its highest level in 23 years.
Derived from TourNamibia

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