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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 9 Mr. Wood Apparently there is some safe guards along the pipe line if the pressure drops then valves close off sections. Mr. Paige Any other essential services that are likely to fail? Communications, phones out, telecom building is one of the worst buildings in town as far as flood damage. It has got all the standby power generating facilities on the ground floor, and some of the master switches. But apart from that, just communications across the Todd by cable. So that we start looking at the welfare things you got the evacuation site here, temporary accommodation, you got to get food and blankets, I guess on this downward side what the welfare function is, is to try and help people. t1r. Black The welfare group have looked at using Sadadeen, however access will be a problem. The only good thing on our side is the rapid rise and fall. The conditions that people have to endure we have talked briefly about accommodation and how people would be affected particularly on the east side, it is probably only for overnight. Mr. Paige Except the next morning you will not be able to get across the river anyway, you may be cut off for another day or so. Depending on the height of this recession, a causeway may not be able to be constructed for some time, so you are relying on helicopters. And the other thing we have mentioned before is insurance. People will feel good if there is some help immediately available. The problem we have got is to set out and explain to people that unless the government steps in with a grant, there will be no financial compensation. Most insurance policies specifically exclude flood damage. All right, so we have gone through a 12-15 hour period. He got another period here where people just cannot possibly get across the river anyway. And then I think that way out here some where you've got a period where people will start going back to their houses and start cleaning up. So what sort of assistance are they going to require? Who is going to be responsible, the council? Supt. Ilett It seems people will have barrow loads of mud along the sides of their house, they are going to hang out carpets, a few resources will have to be called on, i.e. navy, army, airforce. You will need a big influx straight away of a couple hundred personnel to give that sort of assistance. Mr. Paige Bearing in mind that during that period here you still got a lot of essential services people preparing to send essential services to the community.