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Montagu and De Bos flood info

**Update 6th March 2008 – The Montagu Springs has re opened.
Montagu is back to normal :)

**Update – 1st December
With the exception of the Montagu Springs, Montagu and surrounding areas are all back to normal. All services, shops and roads are running and life is back to normal.

We are over the whole thing now, closed shop for the weekend and rested. We are ready to rock and roll again tomorrow Monday. We were very lucky as we didn’t have too much damage and we can get back to business tomorrow, there is only about 12m of camping missing and the size of the river bed has changed the feel a bit, a bit more open, what an amazing landscaper nature is! A few hundred meters of my fencing is also swimming in the Indian Ocean by now and sections of the property are about half a meter higher. There is a lot of cleaning up to do.

The river has changed some parts of Montagu forever and some of that change is not for the better.

Springs and Montagu Springs look like a war zone and will be closed for a few months. Montagu Springs lost 28 Plet houses and Avalon Springs lost 3 luxury houses. The last I heard was that one child drowned and two are missing. Other people have also lost houses and huge parts of there farm land and crops. This was truly an evil river.

Badkloof, Lovers walk and the park have had a major restructure. The whole bridge and rondavel at the entrance to the reserve is gone. Trees have been uprooted and bits of houses and farms are wrapped around rocks and trees and piles of both, what an absolute mess.

On he happier side, the road into Montagu is fine and access to Legoland and the Bosch kloof area is no problem. It looked like The Steeple is O.K. too.

Here are some pics with a few comments.

Dutch guest taking a walk at the time of the rivers high point on Wednesday, the rain had stopped and we thought it was all over. Silly us!!!

Dutch guest taking a walk at the time of the rivers high point on Wednesday, the rain had stopped and we thought it was all over. Silly us!!!

 Driffie crossing to De Bos.The power of the river on Thursday was out of this world. The river came up back to it's Wednesday high point at 02h30 on Thursday morning. Tension was high and all our valuables were on the cupboards, we were ready for the water to come through the house, the police told us to get the hell out, but we bunkered down.

Driffie crossing to De Bos.The power of the river on Thursday was out of this world. The river came up back to it's Wednesday high point at 02h30 on Thursday morning. Tension was high and all our valuables were on the cupboards, we were ready for the water to come through the house, the police told us to get the hell out, but we bunkered down.

Closeup of the standing wave by the drifie

Closeup of the standing wave by the drifie

Looking down stream from the driffie.

Looking down stream from the driffie.

The caravan park took a hard hit too, at this stage De Bos turns into an island with rivers going down both sides. I couldn't do anything but get out the Whiskey and have a good old dop! We had evacuated the children, at 3 in the morning, and there were still 9 guests with us.

The caravan park took a hard hit too, at this stage De Bos turns into an island with rivers going down both sides. I couldn't do anything but get out the Whiskey and have a good old dop! We had evacuated the children, at 3 in the morning, and there were still 9 guests with us.

Anyone remember this braai site at the lower camping area, it's still there and the braai grid too, but only just.

Anyone remember this braai site at the lower camping area, it's still there and the braai grid too, but only just.

The suspension bridge is missing, it went at 04h00 Thursday morning, and the water just kept on coming. The whole of Montagu West was cut off from Montagu. We had no water, so the police set up a rope across the river at Lovers Lane crag and tied a pipe along it to get water across. The Spar sponsored bread and milk and then in the evening sent over food hampers, thanks Spar! We also got our supply of wine across, wow did we keep the spirits high

The suspension bridge is missing, it went at 04h00 Thursday morning, and the water just kept on coming. The whole of Montagu West was cut off from Montagu. We had no water, so the police set up a rope across the river at Lovers Lane crag and tied a pipe along it to get water across. The Spar sponsored bread and milk and then in the evening sent over food hampers, thanks Spar! We also got our supply of wine across, wow did we keep the spirits high.

The only people to get over the river on Friday, 7 of our guests had cars on the other side so they wanted to go home. They didn't have to ask twice and I was off like a super keen boy scout and all my kit. The tractor on the other side helped get the rope tension up, I got a wet bum on the two test runs. Loads of fun.

The only people to get over the river on Friday, 7 of our guests had cars on the other side so they wanted to go home. They didn't have to ask twice and I was off like a super keen boy scout and all my kit. The tractor on the other side helped get the rope tension up, I got a wet bum on the two test runs. Loads of fun.

The road across to Montagu was opened late Saturday morning and life started to get back to normal. Today Sunday we went to have a look at Badkloof. This is where the bridge and rondavel were. Crazy, crazy, crazy!

The road across to Montagu was opened late Saturday morning and life started to get back to normal. Today Sunday we went to have a look at Badkloof. This is where the bridge and rondavel were. Crazy, crazy, crazy!

Badkloof has had yet another face lift and my project is in the water at Waterworld.

Badkloof has had yet another face lift and my project is in the water at Waterworld.

Some of the rubble in Badkloof. This was a house!

Some of the rubble in Badkloof. This was a house!

Who remembers this camp spot, it's the one in front of the barn with the big round braai, well there is about 2 meters of sand left between it and the 2 meter drop into the river. About 12m of campsite has been washed away along with all the Beefwood wind breaks between it and the Padstaal crossing. The new nursery at the Padstaal also got hit hard. Please note De Bos now boasts big time river frontage. Our camping fees will be going up by at least 300%, bring you speed boat with next time, De Bos has upgraded!

Who remembers this camp spot, it's the one in front of the barn with the big round braai, well there is about 2 meters of sand left between it and the 2 meter drop into the river. About 12m of campsite has been washed away along with all the Beefwood wind breaks between it and the Padstaal crossing. The new nursery at the Padstaal also got hit hard. Please note De Bos now boasts big time river frontage. Our camping fees will be going up by at least 300%, bring you speed boat with next time, De Bos has upgraded!

Anyway, we are alive and non of our buildings were touched so we are hugely grateful that we are in a position to welcome you on your next climbing trip to Montagu. Hopeful our driffie will be crossable soon, come via the caravan park side.

Yours in climbing.

Stuart and Regula Brown
De Bos Guest Farm
www.debos.co.za
023 614 2532
“It’s a way of life!”

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