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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 55 of 139. J I I I :)'j :-,,::'re :':;2l'. or:e family. (UToVln C2~,~" 2.5 2. te:-m glven t.o ar. I Abc~~g:~al ~o~s:~g or camping site in == near a tow~) . :~~ T~~d ?~ver bed is ~sed 2S a ~a~~l~g area by ?ecp~e who do ~ot have ar. estab:is~ed pla=e :~ stay_ This .:;.nc::'~Jces: .:"',bor:ginal people ~Jisi;::":1C; :r:8 to'NO ' ..... na have no kIn i:1 Alice Sp~ings; visitors whcse-~:n ~ave ~o room for the:~ relac~ves; ar.d groups who a=e be:~een town camps. The river =ed ca~ps a~e made up p=edo~:~an:~y of older people ' ... [;.0 ,<ee~ 21::' ::[":ei:- personal be~on:;:":lgs Co2.ankets, poes, and -::10:-:.neS) r,.lit.:--. ~.:-'.-2:7L. The .A.borigi:!a~ Co:-,.:;ress est.:.mates :.nat the:e a:e ~p ::0 200 river bed campers :n t~e Alice Sprlngs reg:..on. Flooding and .~.borlgines Trac.itional .:: .... '-)o:.-igir;al lifestyle ::smands close obse:::-vatio:L of envi~onrre~ta: i~dicacors. So 1= is quite logical t~at flooClr:g alo::g :he Todd Ri'.re:::- has ::arely take!"l .D.-'oorigirLes by surprise. T~e floods ~~der study appear to be an exception. However, water from ~~e Todd is by no ~eans ~he only way that town camps ca~ be flooded as shown i~ ?art 3. l-=t there ':"5 :La daub: that P..b,~:-iq.:..nes as a group are partic~larly severely affected by ~lo~ding. Many camping areas and so~e dwellings are inundated, a~d the accompanying bad weather ~arces people to crowd in~o the =e~ai~ing ,jwelllngs. Clearly, flash floodi~g poses safety problems for those campi~g in river beds, who ~ay also lose their POSs8sslons. Results Damages rhe Alice Springs flood of Easter :988 ::esulted in 211bstantial ~angible and intangible da~ages. ?he non~.boriqi:1al ar.d .:;boriginal losses a::-e res:;o.:-ted separately. Over 200 dwellings and some 35 cOffi~ercial enterprlses ~xpe::-ienced overfloor floodi~g 0::- severe da~age from 'Jv~rground lnundat~on. In additic~, ~any roads and other infrastructcre ~ere damaged. The res:dential tangible damage is estlmaced as ~1/730/0CO and Ch2~ for the commerc~al sector as $960,000. Includi~c addltio~al damaae to inf::astructure wi:hin the 3rea of ~he study, the be~t es:i~a:e ~cr comb~ned damage ~s $3,451,000. These values do ~ot ~~clude flood damage to property and faC111ties caused by :~e same event outslde :~e Cltv oE Alice S~rinqs. In additic~, A:ice Springs also .~xp~rle~ced ext~~si~e ~:~d damage S~a :osses due to the :.:j~cna~~2 0: cne urban c=ainaae svs=em. 'rhese have not '~enera~:y bee~ :~cluded excep~ ~~~::e s~ch losses were ~lthln I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I

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