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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 66 of 139. I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I 15 !~. I~a=lenge (Little Sisters) Some houses at this camp ~E~e s~==~unded by flooded roads. Its location (like many '-:: the c3:::!:ps) I is oVer a flat salt plain and is prone t.o t:~odin~. Eowever, water did not enter any of the c .. ;ell in~..:: ~ 1=. r:=erenye (Old Timers) - One house was flooded at th~s c~~p by ~~e Todd and the camp was cut-off for 1 day. F~~ther -inor flooding was caused by run-off from the near~y ;.... ~ .. ;..... r r - "".' ~~-::1.i.i.""o.I ,~ Ka~~te - This camp was effected by the flood. It s~~ferec ~rorn drai~age problems, and access was cut-oEf by r_~e~ f:22ding. However, chere were no people there during t~e floci; they had go~e 'out bush'. S:~:hern Transient Camp - This camp has yet to be [)l;tlt, ~: present it is only planned. However, if it had existed =~ri~g the flood, it would have suffered a similar :t2:.e to ~:le Anthepe and Kance camps, ics access :;IOU1G nave been cuc-~ff and ~here would have been some minor flooding ""..:: ~;...,p '-:"-""'0 ; .... _ .... .1.1- ___ .,,~ IS. A.:-.:.::epe - This camp suffered minor floodi.ng~ D~el1ing3 were unaffected, the access ~oad was cut-off unc:l f:~od w~~e~ levels dropped~ 19. I:~arpa - The nature of the road works around this ca~p ca~sed ex~ra run-o~f and minor flooding. Access to sc~e hO~3es was cut off. Tte annotated list of town camps, above, shows that rna~y pec;le were stranded for one or two days. Beinq cuto~~ fro~ shops is potentially serious for many town campers as stocks of food are not rnaiIltained~ damages I:-.tangit:", costs of the flood to the Aboriginal community a~e in ~~=ee categories: deaths; racial tension; and stress a~d hea:~~ effects. Ceatils Tt=ee pe:ple have been confirmed as drowned by the flood. SCJ1>2 ear=-j' reports put the numbe~ as five or six 1 but it appears :::-tat this is ~.Jnl ikely. These people were all ILtorigir.2s camped in the bed of the Todd River, although t~ey we~a noc all from the same group. In the past, i'J:;origi~.as have generally left the dangerous areas well c-efore :~-Joding, as a response to environmental indicators '.

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