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Miscellaneous Correspondence and Data on Alice Springs Flooding 1986



Miscellaneous Correspondence and Data on Alice Springs Flooding 1986


Hamlyn-Harris, D.; Galton, R. P.; Charrington, Rowan; Freyling, Ron


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Report no. 33/1986







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Northern Territory Government

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Alice Springs


Report no. 33/1986

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Northern Territory Government



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I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I 4 Supt. Ilett The only thing is, with the bull horns, we would go from house to house and the people would say - "We heard it already" so then your saving the time to stop to talk at each house. The system is similar to what they were using in Darwin in the Surge Zone, it was found that using the bull horns more people were advised, but then it became a terrible problem what people were saying about the bull horns, it paniced people into doing things wrong. Mr. Hi tchell Unless you do the door knock there is no real way of accounting for everybody. You could say we've been to every house in this area, they have all been contacted, but there could just be the one or two houses that are still full of people. Supt. Ilett What I am saying is that you do the house to house but you will find you will pick up time on house to house by people saying - "Yes ll "No" "Yes we already know about it" "We're prepared, we're off" etc. Mr. Paige My suggestion here would be, once we finalise some of the flood maps, to go and talk to each individual house now and say that if your woken up at 3.00 in the morning, this is what you do. We can identify now the places that will be flooded in order and ideally we should be able to go to those houses now and give them instructions of what to do. Mr. Black I think you need the same sort of letter/pamphlet drop and briefings as you do in cyclones, although this may be taking the Alice Springs flood situation a bit far because the threat is not as iminent as perhaps the cyclone. Hr. Paige Does this group think that there will be much opposition? Mr. Scott It is going to drop house values. Mr. Wood What sort of decision would have to be made? and what sort of backing would be required? Mr. Scott Where Heavy government backing. The flood zone would have to be marked off to be done first in those particular areas. Can you imagine the reaction now if we did that to those flats on the eastern side of the river, the Casino, the Sheraton?