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Flood Warning and Damages in Alice Springs: Part 1 Executive Summary. Part 2 Tangible Damages Part 3 Intangible Damages & Emergency Procedures



Flood Warning and Damages in Alice Springs: Part 1 Executive Summary. Part 2 Tangible Damages Part 3 Intangible Damages & Emergency Procedures


Handmer, John; Smith, D. I.; Greenaway, Mark


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Report ; 53/1989




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Power and Water Authority

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Alice Springs


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Technical Report WRA89053 Viewed at 03:02:00 on 18/02/2010 Page 12 of 139. I I ." I I 1 I I I I I I 1 1 1 1 1 I I - .[.;.. . .,:;:. Abor'gl'nal ~O'11ml"ni~y s"f'cere~ ""'a~or into-gi'Dle 'osses ,~ , L..L _ , ....... l ....... L.. '-"_l. ........ _,\ J _~~ c...__ _ .J...' Improvements to warnings and emerg~~~y response would help ~educe some of these losses in fut~=e. The potential for negative health impacts could be re:::Jced by ensuring adeqt,:a.te s:-.telter and food supplies. This t.,;ould best be achieved in c~)nsultation I .;ith Abor:~ir:al organisations. Plooc' hazard manaqement - Local residents see the Casino ca~seway as being an important faccor in flooding. This should be addressed as an important public relations issue. - Aboriginal ::::iver-bed and town cam;:ers are the groups most affected by flooding and the associased bad weather. Their organisations indicated that they ~:uld like to be more involved in all aspects of flood ha=~rd management in Alice Springs~ l\boriginal organisacions s~ould be explicitly considered in each flood haza~d ma~agement strategy, in particular warnings and emergency Ianagement. The flood brochure - Those developing public informati=n programs such as the brochure should clearly specify the carget audiences, and what impact they would like to have on the targecs. - If the brochure is revised efforts should be made to simpli::y it. - The brochure could be published as a colour supplement to the local newspaper on an annual basis. - Distribution of public information material should include those groups most at risk from flooding, in particular Aborigines. - The information program should be oroadened if it is co achieve its aims. Warnings and emergency management - Effective ~;arnings 't.~ould help rec'.:-:::e damage to commercial enterprises and greatly enhance safety, especially in an extreme flood, - There are two major ~nnerent proD_ems with flood warnings for Alice Springs: lack of time anc limited coverage. The system does not cover local runoff ~~ storm drain surcharge. This situation is typical of Austra:ian urban areas.

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