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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 WOOD (cont) 12 Then identify'that the committee could perhaps look at the categories or categorising flood victims into people who require councilling or family support. Those who lost close relatives or companions. People who have lost home and possessions, who require welfare support, accommodation, personal effects and insurance assistance. Temporary displaced people and miner loss of possession. So you have the severe to the not so severe categories that may be able to be addressed. Then I continued with just a summary of what it would cost our organisation, which is fairly difficult to put a figure to, but I looked at the overall flood map and where people lay in respect to the flooding, and as far as the employees, with a bit of luck we would be in the Headquarters, and the Headquarters does not pose any problem as reqgards to flooding, most of the volunteers are located outside the flood area, so we would pretty well be on line if a flood occurred, and be able to assist within 75% of our capacity. ILETT: The police are in much the same position. Our major thing would be that flood waters enter the police station would be anything from lower floor which would affect us but then we would likely to be moved somewhere else at that point, but overall is manpower. We would have to produce enormous amount of manpower and just keep those men going, because it would depend on how long it kept going, what calls we had upon us, whether it was people washed away and someone would have to start and go look for them, protection of property that, if we move people out of a certain area, it would fall back on us to patrol those areas, how we going to do it and how are we going to get there. The major things are time and manpower. resources which would increase as per time. If it went for say a week, we would be looking at say $35 to $40,000 it would be paying our men to be on long hours, thats without any damage to any gear at the station, if the water came in and rose enough at the station to affect our radio equipment that we have there, otherwise we don't have a great deal of problem. SCOTT: Department of Health. Our biggest problem is getting to the home-care type patients we have situated around the town and this is what we found in the 1983 flood, that we couldn't get to a lot of them and people requiring insulin dressings. If we had plenty of warning we would stock those houses up with whatever they require and would leave vehicles over the east si side. We have four 4x4 and they would be equipped with insulen bandages, we would have enough staff living overe there at this stage to cover the requirements. ILETT: How long notice would you require? SCOTT: We could probably do it within twelve hours. Most of our Toyotas are set up for this sort of thing anyway, its just a matter of putting the gear into them. Loss of power is the big problem with us of course with the refrigeration of our drugs. We would end up pulling off the hospital supplies if that happens, but we are going to be faced with the problem where once we establish this Dialysis unit which will come on stream about March next year. Our loss of power. there is going to cause some real big problems with ~~e of the more acute patients who need to go on the machine once every 24hrs.