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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 30 of 139. _---------------~~ .. -:....:.-:....:.-:....:.._._-::::---:::.-__ --'--~--__ ,:c c-c;::cc _-",,-_ ... ccc== i4 ::1::-e2 c): Al:ce SF:-ir':';s, f :ooced ::.r. 1988, '"las i:"', the older ?~t~_ec pa~~s of ~~e c~msun~:y. :~for~a~ic~ O~ no~seholds :hat reported emotional or zc~ess-:~duced teal~h problems fro~ the flood are also noted in :able 2.3. Of t~e properties with overfloor fleoding, ~O% ~f ~ouse~~lds repcrted such effects. The individuals i~vc~ve~ range i~ age ~rcm c~ild=en and young adu:ts to tte ~lde~ly. I~ some ~~sta~ces there were di=ec~ links to phys~ca: hea:~h, eg ~eart conditions and asthma. In others the ~:c=d exper~ence resu~ted i~ Stress at subsequent gerl~ds of heavy r21n. Ochers, often young adults in househc:ds :~at only experienced flooding of ~he grounds, ~espcnced very c~~fere~tly and co~mented ~ha~" it was ~v,"'1 - 1 "..-,.11 or" ;:::. g~"'at ]o"e" ~ ~~, __ ~ , _ ~~ i'o... ~~ is 2:m~cn ~ith flooded ~esidential property a ~~mcer ~f hc~seholders took :ixe off from work =0 clean co. ?or ~hcse pr~?erties ~:th overfloor flooding the ave~age . ~l~e ta~e~ f=~m ~o=~ ~ould be abo~t two days. None of the ~oGseno:ds i~ the sample lodged i~surance claims a~d as far as COUL= be establ:shed none had taken out household flood insura~=e cover, a:=houg~ t~is is ava11ab:e from the rerr~to~y Insurance O~~ice for a~ extra 9remium. 0:erall the residential Stage-damage curves, described in Figu~e 2.3, ~atch =he info~~a=ion gathered f~om the ir'.tervlews. The Co~~ercial Survey 7he sur~ey cc~pr~sed 33 p::-operties ranging in size from a smal: 6~cycle repair shop to the ~asseter's Casino/hotel c:t)rnplex. A SUIT~.:T~ary of t:-.e salient points is given ill Tab2.e ::.5. T:-:'e total ::.:.:rrbe::- of employees in the sample is close co 700 (this fig:..:::-e includes part-time staff). Thus se:c:'ous disruption would have a ~ajor impact on the economy of t~e commc.::l.:~y. Qf the survey, 25 were awa=e chat ~hey were in a f:oodprone location but only 5 had a flood contingency plan. <Jf the latter r.1ost ..Jere gove!'n::tent aut:'1orities, ir:cluding =he detention centre. In che private sector =he ~etlremenc ~o~e had a detailed 91an. This is despite the fact that :rIany o~ t~ose int:er'Jie"';ed ~.ad seen, and remembered, the flood brochure and ~~a~ :8 of ~he 33 had the same ow~ershi? 3S at c~e ti~e o~ ehe 1983 flood. Table 2.6 shows the 1 h -_engl...L~ :]1 occupancy. T~e situa~icn wlth direct and indirect da~ages is complex and che besc overall estimates will be discussed late:-. However, it is per~iner:t ~o disCL:sS the role of i~sura~ce in eas~ng the damage burden, Of those lnterviewed 12 of cne 33 nad flood :nsurance cover and 10 of =hese incl~ded "with arofits cover" for loss of business subsequent to the flood; broadly this correlates with indirect: damage. A ~urcher 9 were government agencies, these cases t:~e damages would be met from state/federal I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I