Borroloola Community Advised To Take Shelter

NT Government

Late last night, 17 March, an evacuation order was issued for Borroloola, advising that evacuations would commence this morning. Unfortunately, due to adverse weather conditions, the Australian Defence Force aircraft was unable to land.

An Emergency Warning is current for the Borroloola community and surrounding areas, advising residents to seek shelter in a safe location until advised by authorities that it is safe to go outside.

Emergency services, in collaboration with the Local Emergency Committee and the Local Controller, are actively monitoring the situation. An on-ground assessment will be conducted after the cyclone has passed.

Incident Controller, Superintendent Sonia Kennon emphasised, “We urge everyone to prioritise their safety and prepare for the cyclone’s impact.”

The likelihood of flooding in coastal areas of the Carpentaria District remains high. River levels are fluctuating rapidly, resulting in short-notice road closures and unpredictable sea, river and catchment area conditions.

Superintendent Kennon said, “The safety and wellbeing of all affected residents remains our top priority. We urge everyone to stay informed, heed all safety instructions, and cooperate with emergency services during this critical time.”

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