While a flood mitigation dam is, to me at least, …

Comment on LETTER: Should we dam the Todd? by Hal Duell.

While a flood mitigation dam is, to me at least, clearly a good idea, wouldn’t it cost less to remove the obstruction that is the Taffy Pick crossing? And to dig out some of the sand islands that have appeared since Alice Springs was first built?
The choice of a usually dry river bank for a future town can now be seen to have been short-sighted, but is there any suggestion we move it? Or that we blast the Gap wider? Of course not.
We live where we live, so let the river run when it runs. How hard is that?

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LETTER: Should we dam the Todd?
@Erwin
I fully support your comments about Alice’s need for a flood-mitigation dam. A Q100 flood is no longer a distant possibility, as recent weather events both in Australia and overseas show.
But not a lake or permanent dam – I don’t think that is a good idea at all. Unless, of course, climate change turns us into a much wetter place. Then, perhaps, an argument could be made here for a permanent body of water.
But while we wait for money and process, I still think removing the Taffy Pick crossing and the sand islands would help allow any flood waters to flow.
Political will and funding – unfortunately there may be more wet feet coming our way before either is found.


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