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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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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 I 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 PORTLOCK: Mr. Chairman,. as Mr. Bird said it is muscle. As limited as our equipment is in the Bushfire Council, we could perhaps put all of our gear on that side of the town, because it its flooding we wouldn't be needed for perhaps Mr. Bird's use on the other side, it's to get our gear over that side. Most of it is 4x4 and fairly high and could move. All of the pumps are high so they could be working. It would give them some limited fire support on the east side. BIRD: There is an appliance available at the Heavitree Gap Farm area with the volunteer fire unit, so that side is fairly safe. ILETT: Our department would probably need more on the other side than anyone else because of the roles to playas well as just with the flood, the normal general policing to do and people leavins. houses, we will have to be looking after. WOOD: Northern Territory Emergency Service have come up with a summary that Rowan made up before he left, and the issues just been considered. 1. Flooding in the central business district would cause the following problems, damage to floor level fittings, loss of trade during flooding and during cleanup and restoration. 2. Employees may be prevented from assisting commercial and governmental organisations to recover from flooding due . to loss of access to the place of employment, and personal pressure to look after their own family and property. 3. People may be emotionally disturbed by loss of possessionE uncertainity of evacuation and separation from families through loss of access. 4. Low lying homes would suffer loss of floor level furnishings and personal belongings. 5. Normal access to police, fire, ambulance, hospital will be affected. 6. Many residents of aboriginal fringe camps would be affectE 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 evacuation. 7. Evacuation of partially or totally disabled persons from their homes, institutions, such as the Old Timers, St. Marys, tourists facilities. 8. Loss of essential services, i.e. power, water, sewerage, garbage. 9. 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 welf~re Centres for evacuees. 10. Communications failure or conjestion causing further confusion and disruption and anxiety. 11. Temporary disruption to tourist activity through Heavitree Gap may be cut by road and or rail, damage for periods ranging from hours to days and lastly possible deterioration to hygene standards due to lengthy periods of essential service failure.