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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 61 of 139. .-----'----------------~--"----'---'-.. -- --_. 20 exte~ded ove~ floor :evel. The worst effected properties i~ :~e s~~vey had overg~ound depths of O.75m and ove~floor jepths af O.4Sm. The most frequently repa~ted contents jamage ~as to ca~pets, clothes and bedding, and to boo~s and pape~s. In the sample ~he~e was only one ins~ance of repo=cec loss o~ elect=ical goods, a v~deo. ~his is a reflectlon of tte limited overflaor depths and ehe ease with which such items can be lifted above floor level. If the flood heigh~ had been half a metre higher, the intangible ~f~ects would have been greatly inc~eased. Intangible Losses T~e major intangible of three aborigi~es. below in the seccio~ coscs of the 1988 flood were the deaths This issue is explo~ed in more detail "-1 . d 1 k b . . . =_00 osses to LLe a o::::-lgJ.nal. c0mmuni ty ". The =emainder of t~is section deals with the non-aboriginal popu~a:io~. r~ pXRm;~l"g tho ~n-anCl'~'e ~l"od ~amacQ .- 's _~; _ ~ _.l. . l. ~.'- _.l.. .,.,.....,~ ..!... '-' ,-", ~,'- ..:..l.. _ lmpor:ant co reallse ctat some people left the a~ea after ~he flcod. In a few cases interviewees remarked that their neighbou~s had mcved because of the flood. Without :~terviewl~g the 3ure about ~heir is reasor.able to i:,he flood. people who have moved it - , t . reaso~s ror re~oca lng. assume that these people is difficult to be Nevertheless, it. were st::-essed by I~formatio~ on househoids that reported e~otional o~ st~ess-induced health problems fro~ ~he flood are also noted in Table 3.3. Of the properties with ove~floo~ flooding, 60% of households reported such effects. The individuals involved ~ange in age from children and young adults to :r.e ~lde~ly. In so~e instances there were di~ect links to physical health, eg hea~t conditions and asthma. In othe~s :he flood experience ~esulted in stress during subsequent periods of heavy ~ain. ~mong some young adults in households that only experienced flooding of the g~ounds, the :-esponse ',,;.as very different: ' ... it. was excit.i:l.g' or 'l. great joke'. This is less than :he 75% of households ~eporting adverse effects following the 1986 Sydney floods. Further~ore, the impacts repor~ed by t.he Alice Springs sample are somewhat less severe. ~hose affected ranged in age from childre~ to the elderly. The ef~ects incl~ded l~creased incidence of heart probiems and asthma to fear of heavy ~ain. Typical comments were: "very upset ll 'l~ervous when it ra~~s. a n a r ,11 . - - y "daughter gets nervous when it rains" I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I