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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 40 of 139. :ne =:~Ke Rive= and to :~e Telegraph Hill tistoric site. -:':-,e CocL-nissio:o s:.:ggested S52, 000 for losses in the area :~vered by this report. -:'he Departnent of Transport and 0lorks also estimated a ~~9ior21 loss of about 51.Sm. ?~e bulk of this was to the ~eglo~al road ~e:wor~, a:od discussio~s suggest :hat SlOQ,OOe '0 ,,"prrOOrl'a- Q ~~- -h~S re~or- 7~~c l'"~lu~es road rgp-l'rs -'-' ;--- ..... '--- ;"',",,_ l.. ..:. _ t-' --.. _1~_..., .1--. ,...., ;.. J._ C _ :espec~ally the road from the town to the airpo~c) a~d :,ver:~~e payme~~s co sta~f i~volved in repair work. Alice 2prlogs Counc~l repor~ed costS of SSO,OOO, ~uch of t~is fo~ :~ean-~p operat~ons to roads and open spaces wlchln the :ow~ area. ~he Po~er a~d Water Authority (?AWA) esti~a~es :a-nages to wa:er supply and sewerage ~orks as 5560,000, of .ih-100-O n . -_. "'''-~h_C ~_ ,v v was ~c Ins:alLatlo~S at tl:e A~lce Springs oorefield. :3~e has been taken ln ~sing chese fig~res to aVOid jouble counting. For example, repai~s to houses in Alice 2prings cost the Housing co~-niss!on 5100,000. These have ~Ot been inco=po=ated in Table 2.7 because residential c:iarr:acre has been estir:lated se,:>arac:ely. Similarly, losses to o~lld:ngs and conten~s fo~ Transport and Works a~d t~e Ccnse=vation Con~ission formed part of the ~angible damage ~~ich ~as disc~ssed earlier. Table 2.7 lis1:s ;::-:e major corr.ponent of in:rast:ructure losses available ~o the study. The overall estimate ~s ;iven as $77:,000. The Alice Spri~gs Hospital did ~Ot suffe~ directly ~rom ~he 1988 :lood. However, the flood study by the ?ower and Wa~er AG:horicy undertaken in 1986 highlig~ted the flood ~lsk co the hospital which is located in Gap Road. Furtr.er .:orrespondence from the Authority, in February 1988, provided more detail on the flood r!sk and espec2ally noced [he vulnerability of che hospita!'s err:ergency ,:>ower supply ~r.lch is located in a basement. This is particularly prone :0 flooding at levels which correspond to a srr:all increase 10 the level of the 1988 event. The Authority repor;: also noted that the basemen;: could be flood-proofed at a relatively low cost. I I I I I I I I I I I I I I AS a matter of urgency tr.e emerge:ocy power supply and I other equipment in the basemen;: should be flood proofed. Also specific and rehearsed flood procedures should be developed. The r.ospital staff should be among the first to I receive information of the likely occurrence of a flood. Combined flood losses for the non-aboriginal sector I ')ur best: esti~aces of direct and indirect losses to t:he resldential and com~ercial sectors together with an estinate I ~f in!rastruccure damage are given in Table 2.8. The direct residential and commercial losses are ~0nsicered to be the ~ost reliable wh~le those for indi=ect I damage, clea~-up a~d infrastructure losses are progressive~y I

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