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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 43 of 139. I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I Aboriginal organisations in Alice Springs and during visits t.o the t.c;;n camps. The Aboriginal commur:ity suffered 9:::':l_r;-.,,.....U1.;:;;_~1v larf":'~ , tang" 1 10 h' n' " . ~_:.l <..._ ................ .L~ _ ~'-'" 1fl_ - L - l.1)-Le _ sses, W ~.lC are examlnea In ?art 3, Town Camps Tor,..,..n camps in and around l ... lice Springs ftJere affected by f~oodwater from a variety of sources and in a variety of ways. There are Gver 2000 Aborigines in and around l~lice Springs, A majority li';e in town camps Ilhere the accommodation consists of different types and standard of houses. ?a~t J of this report contains a lis~ of the tbwn camps giving details of flood damages at each camp. Direct damage T'he tr,~w?n -'.-::lm'p-,Q cl 1Fferea' dlrp,.-.,+- t-'-ln~;blp jomauo.:. "'1 .... n" '-' -- _..._ __ ~ '1 v......... __ \.,.:,- _<...:.. ::1-'"- _,_ ',' .... ~-' ..... ~ ,~a1. 1 campers, mainly those outside the town camps, also lost possessions, and the Finke River Mission on Gap Road was bad I y ,jamaged. Information on the costs of repairing direct damage to cne town camps was provided by Tangentyere Council ~ho estimated that the=e was about $68,000 of damage. This includes damage due to water from sources other than the Todd River. A derailed breakdown of the costs is available rrom the Council. About 75 adults (campers) lost a.L.l. :::heir belongings~ Belongings gene=ally consist of basic cooking and eating utensils and sleeping gear. Campers appeared to have obtained =aplacements within two months of the flood. These would have been provided by A.boriginal organisations or from elsewhere lh?ithin the }\boriginal corn .. 'llunity, as tbe governrnenc. alfare service had not been 'asked to assist. 8y the monetary standards of ili"iUFLOO[) the losses are small, yet they are significant to the 'people and organisations involved. Indirect Losses The exact numbers are uncertain, but some 200 lilicrigines were accommodated at the evacuation cent=es. (See Section 4 of this report). Nany others r perhaps one or two hundred, had to find alternative accoIT'.m_odation. This may not have resulted in much cash outlay on the part of the evacuees but their hosts may have had substantial costs. Flood Damages-Conclusion and Summary The riverine floods in Alice Springs during Easter 1988 resulted in extensive direct and indirect tangible damage. (The substantial intangible losses are examined in Part 3.) Over 200 dwellings and some 35 commercial enterprises experienced overfloor flooding or severe damage from overqround inundation. The residential tangible damage is estimated as $1,730,000 and that for the commercial secto=