The big Day
It is probably at this point, you have a read of the police notices (in
order) and mix it with some news reports with the links on the
Right and my records on "Katherine
River Water Levels" page. It was a difficult time for consistent and
timely information. Easy enough to read now when you can find it.
Problems with 1800 flood
information numbers functioning, Katherine Police being inundated with
many hundreds of calls and trying to filter them out. Flooding in
Beswick Community, roads cut off North & South of Katherine. Flood
protocols developed from 1998, not being followed until it was nearly
too late (Fuel). It was all happening. I would of sworn too!
What still gets me was the
flood committee reference to the KROL website with most of its pages
"under construction". I realise that last year they were hit by hackers
that wiped the site. At least they had reference to the River Cam &
eventually they received Flood Warning updates etc, what's another
hundred thousand $.
Hopefully it will be more functional later this year.
Would of been easy for me
to pull up the Car next to the house & listen to 101.3FM for the latest
reports, however the vehicle was parked up the road as part of our flood
preparations. Radio reception out this way from inside the house is a
bit non existent. Satellite radio via the TV worked well & ABC Radio did
a pretty impressive job, but it is always good to spread the information
sources and not be reliant on one lot of people. My reasoning here is
that 101.3 Katherine Community Radio has local announcers that have been
through it all before and would hopefully not get caught up in all the
hype (just a theory). (And not that ABC did.)
Katherine Town Council
The debrief notes from
Council that occurred at the Katherine Town Council at the end of April
06, does allude to some of the difficulties, but is formally written (as
it probably should) it is when you mix it with the Stateline script that
you can gain a feeling for the mood of many Katherine residents (maybe
not a pretty sight).
(I was unfortunately stuck at Adelaide Airport due to Cyclone Monica
menacing the Top End Coast)
4 Months on (August 06) & what about
the future?? Or do we stick our heads in the sand and shout & yell next
wet season when bullock creek cuts the Gorge Road and wish we had done
something during the dry season........ and the cycle goes on year after
year. We can do things bit by bit as the budget allows.
Late August 06 Flood Committee
meeting (will await the results)
September 18th 2006 - Flood Committee
meeting well received.(?) Awaiting transcripts/document link.
Sounds like the new Flood Plan puts the onus back on the individuals
September 28th 2006 - Mention in the Katherine Times that very shortly a
new raised platform will be pushed up near 2 mile creek to accommodate
many vehicles during times of river levels raising. Don't forget there
are also high grounds out towards the Gorge (so don't think escape means
Noel Neil bringing a tour bus through Bullock Creek (The
Rocks) a few years ago.
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