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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: ILETT: PAIGE: ILETT: BIRD: WOOD: 14 On the subject' of gas mains, I have checked up with the T.N.T. Bu1kships and now there is an automatic shut-off the other side of the Gap and for what it is worth the representative from T.N.T. suggests that that pipe is encased in concrete 1.S metres underneath the current level of sand in the Todd and it shouldn't pose a problem even with a 1:100 event. Anything further? Summery. I think we sort of posed a couple of fairly strict questions initially and I think what has happened over the last couple of meetings, it has generated a lot of discussions, thanks very much everybody for giving it some time. We will go away and try and summarise it ourselves and I think the obvious thing that has come out of it is no way we can start to put any economic costs on these things, just summarise them as issues that the whole community is got to address, we can come up with an overall document. I think in the 1983 flood there was three people drowned, all just outside the Gap. One of the biggest problems like the type we had in 1983, is that we couldn't get a line out to them and I have often thought if we could have had a cross bow we could have fired a line out and saved all of those people. It was because we couldn't get a line out that a couple of our firemen swam out, but with a cross bow or something similar it could be kept on an emergenqy vehicle. As a result of the floods we now have two line throwing guns. BIRD: With that last one we backed an appliance out and lifted the girl on but the bloke said he would wait till we came back, but we couldn't come back. 1'7000: We had the same problem in 1984 when we had that minor river flow and there were two girls down at the Casino and a couple up here, some police risked their lives. FREYLING: Could you get those statistics? (Supt. Ilett is to get statistics on how many deaths by drowning since 1969) ILETT: Anything further? FREYLING: Thanks very much for all the information. WOOD: Just while we are on the flooding if I can direct this to Mr. Freyling? Just having talks with Rowan I believe as a result of this particular study that you are doing, government action may take place which would be the benefit of the residents of Alice Springs. Have you anything further to add to that? like issues that we might be addressing now may already be addressed when this study goes through.