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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 8 BLACK (cont) there is no knowledge both in Welfare and.our own department and certainly with sub elements like feeding, housing, clothinq. There just doesn'y seem to be any corporate member. I know this is not a satisfactory answer, but I will take it up again. PAIGE: I think in itself that is quite in~ar~tive, just the complete turnover in three years. It is qoinq to be very hard to build up. BLACK: There are many people ariund town that have experienced it and some of those people are here with us now that were here in 1983. MITCHELL: I have some written notes from Keith Bowden as a result of some talks that he and I had, and Keith has been talking with Fred Barlow. Keith says that . "There is some significance being placed on the March 1983 flood that at best could be described as the highest in the memory of most if not all the present residents. However, apart from some local flooding not associated with river flows, the effects were mainly confined to properties close to the river. People affected would more or less expect flood damage. In a major flood like the 1:100 some 3,500 residents are likely to be affected, then some of these would be a considerable distance from the river. The social impacts and losses are likely to be considerably different to those experienced in 1983 in terms of intensity. Information on social impact should be sought from a much wider spectrum and not from places like Lismore where experience with similar flooding is commonplace. There is no point in going to Lismore for their experience when every year they expect it. The 1:100 event should be debatable. To the best of my knowledge, council had vertially no experience in March 19B3, would be indirect and entangable damges set out in columns two and three, set out at the top of folios 3 and 4. In January 1974 the town experienced a flood with a return period estimated as ten years. While most of the town \vas not affected by this event, it was isolated for some time. This may not be repeated because of improvements to .the Stuart Highway and the railway line. However, considerati'. of experience at that time may provide some useful data. The Council forms part of the Welfare Group and that was one aspect of our operations. The other aspect is house keeping and recovery afterwards in the urban area~ . ; These are covered by Keith's comments. CLARKE: There is nothing more we can put into it either. The only experience we can draw from it is the problems we encountered in 1983. I think most of these were to ~o with the power house. They have done something about flood protection. Other than that we don't have much more than we had last time in as much as vehicles are going to be fairly inoperable because of the height of flood levels. The only thing we can do is to replace those at strategic points outside the flood line. and follow the receding waters back. i J