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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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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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I 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 pressure to look after their own family and property. c. People may be emotionally disturbed by loss of possessions, uncertainty of evacuation and separation from families through loss of access. d. Low lying homes would suffer loss of floor level furnishings and personal belongings. e. Normal access to police, fire, ambulance and hospital will be affected. f. Many aboriginals from fringe camps would be affected by evacuation, loss of personal possessions and reliance on supporting organisations for help, noting that fringe dwellers tend to return to the same locations soon after evacation. g. Evacuation of partially or totally disabled persons from their homes, institutions, such as the Old Timers, st. Marys and tourists facilities. h. Loss of essential services, i.e. power, water, sewerage and garbage. i. Schools may be closed as a result of absence of pupils and staff, failure of essential services, direct damage from flooding and being used as Welfare Centres for evacuees. j. Communications failure or conjestion causing further confusion and disruption and anxiety. k. Temporary disruption to tourist activity through: (i) Heavitree Gap may be cut by road and/or rail. (ii) Damage for periods ranging from hours to days (iii) Hygene standards due to lengthy periods of essential services failure. Suggested flood victim categories CATEGORY 1 2 3 DESCRIPTION PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST CLOSE RELATIVES OR COMPANIONS. PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST HOME AND POSSESSIONS, WHO REQUIRE WELFARE SUPPORT, ACCOMODATION, PERSONAL EFFECTS AND INSURANCE ASSISTANCE TEMPORARY DISPLACED PEOPLE AND THOSE WHO SUFFER ONLY MINOR LOSS OF POSSESSION.