Kilgariff flood not as bad as it looks: Govt

p2210-lake-Kilgariff-1A government spokesman says the Kilgariff subdivision, although it looks more like Lake Kilgariff, has weathered its first major rains well.


“The flooding on site yesterday did not affect housing lots or other infrastructure such as roads and services,” says the spokesman.


“The flooding appeared worse than it was, given it is a new subdivision without housing or landscaping as yet.


“Other new subdivisions at this stage of development have looked similar following flooding conditions. We are advised that the flooding yesterday was approximately a one in five year event for Alice Springs.


“The stormwater system has now drained all the lots and the road system. Whilst the stormwater drain is near full, it is not overflowing and has performed its function well.


p2210-lake-Kilgariff-5“The stormwater system will function even more effectively when the next stage of works will push the drain further south and allow even greater run off.


“The Land Development Corporation will continue to monitor the subdivision over the weekend as more rain is expected, to ensure the stormwater system continues to function appropriately,” says the spokesman.


“Purchasers have been advised the lots and roads are not affected and that the recent floods will not prevent the commencement of house construction in the very near future.”


PHOTOS by Suzanne Visser.



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  1. Roger Couche
    Posted January 28, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    If it looks like a dust bowl, then it must be a dust bowl.
    Bowls fill up with water.
    It could be an industrial estate. Is it really a housing estate?
    Better find yourself a real estate con man, a real good one to sell this. Ah, I know, it’s the overseas market.

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  2. Lou Hayes
    Posted January 27, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I herd that the council told NTG that they wouldn’t manage the site because the NTG wouldn’t listen and install the proper drainage.

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  3. Tarlyn
    Posted January 18, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    In addition to Cogs comment, “housing and landscaping reduces flooding”?
    I would have thought not exactly.
    As houses get built the ground is capped off – stopping water from draining down into the ground.
    Some natural landscaping including trees and rocks may absorb the water. However, in any flood water still needs to get away or soak down. If there are more houses and roads, the water has less chance to go down or move away.
    Therefore housing and landscaping does not exactly reduce flooding.
    Also, if this level of water was a result of a 1 in 5 year event, what happens if a 1 in 25 or 50 year event happens?
    How will drainage cope? I note from the above article that as further stages of the development occurs so will the drainage, pushing the water out further away.
    Pushing the water to where? The creek / river / neighbouring rural land?

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  4. Wet weatherLad
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Why would the local council allow a development on a flat lake-like piece of land?
    Was it the councillor who was on national television wearing a tee shirt?

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  5. Domenico Pecorari
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Hmmmm. Is it too late to re-design the place as a marina development?

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  6. Sean
    Posted January 11, 2015 at 8:17 am

    To be expected I guess. Another thought, where’s Adam Giles during all the recent rains and flooding?
    He wouldn’t have seen this much water in the centre, after all he hasn’t lived here that long. Perhaps now he can get some understanding and change his way with the TIO cash.

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  7. bronte zadow
    Posted January 10, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Do not worry cos we can always call this subdivision venice and in the wet season we can have venice in alicesprings festival. All it lacks is some ducks and we could enjoy a duck season.

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  8. Bronte Zadow
    Posted January 10, 2015 at 8:36 am

    This is a normal occurrence we are in the wet season. Do the buyers receive life jackets and waiders as part of the deal?
    With the storm water drain I am concerned with the safety children. As we already have had one drowning.

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  9. Cogs
    Posted January 9, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    An unnamed government spokesman I note. “The flooding appeared worse than it was, given it is a new subdivision without housing or landscaping as yet.”
    So housing and landscaping reduces “flooding” [sic]? “Flooding [sic] yesterday was approximately a one in five year event for Alice Springs”! Hardly a special event!

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