Landslide Restrictions

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Number: A27/2017

Date: 6 June 2017

Relevant: Christmas Island

Topic: Landslide Restrictions

On Thursday, 1st June 2017, a Level 2 Rockfall alert was issued in response to rainfall triggered landslide activity in Flying Fish Cove. The landslide reiterates the need for ongoing rockfall and landslide risk management and the importance of following the direction of the Emergency Management Committee and AFP during Level 1 and 2 alerts.

IOTA has arranged for a Geotechnical Advisor to fly to the island to assess the situation and provide advice. In the interim, the following restrictions apply:

  • The voluntary evacuation order remains in place, and Kampong residents are urged to consider alternate accommodation until the restrictions are lifted;
  • Flying Fish Cove (west of the jetty, including the boat ramp and road to Smith Point) is closed to the general public due to the damage sustained to the rockfall fence at the former Boat Club site;
  • The Madrasah and associated storage buildings are closed;
  • The soccer oval and basketball courts are closed;
  • Access to the areas behind the 412A, 412B and 408 berms is prohibited; and
  • Access to the AFP boat shed / marine building is prohibited.

The rockfall alert lighting will be turned off Tuesday 6th June 2017 and will be turned on again if rockfall alarm levels are reached. This action should not be considered an indicator that the above restrictions have been lifted. If restrictions are lifted or modified, a further Community Bulletin will be issued.

Projects to address landslide risk and stormwater management are continuing, with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development progressing these as high priorities. Outcomes and recommendations of these projects will be provided to the Emergency Management Committee as soon as they are available, with any revised risk management procedures communicated to the public via a Community Bulletin.

Barry Haase
Indian Ocean Territories