Emergency Declaration – Daguragu and Pigeon Hole

NT Government

The upper Victoria River levels are elevated and renewed river rises are likely during the next few days. An evacuation order has been issued for Pigeon Hole.

Approximately 40 residents from Pigeon Hole will be evacuated by air tonight. Thirty-five people will be transferred to YISSA short stay accommodation in Marrara, Darwin and 5 medically vulnerable people will be transported to Katherine.

Approximately 50 residents from Daguragu have self-relocated to Kalkarindji after river levels at Wattie Creek subsided. Preparations are being made for accommodation in the community. No evacuation order has been issued for Daguragu.

Preparations for emergency shelters are also underway in the community of Daly River. Forecasts predict the Daly River will not reach major flood level. However, authorities are taking pro-active measures to ensure the safety of this community as weather events progress.

A/Assistant Commissioner Matthew Hollamby said, “Our Emergency Operations Centre has been stood up and emergency services and government agencies are responding in line with our emergency plans.

“Access roads to the communities of Daguragu and Pigeon Hole have been cut and flooding has caused power and water to be shut off to the community of Pigeon Hole. There are also concerns around food security.

“Residents are reminded that if they cannot take pets with them when they evacuate or self-relocate, they should be left outside and untethered with a supply of dry food in a high and accessible location if possible.

“We have also had reports of stranded motorists trying to drive across flooded roads. Remember, if it’s flooded forget it! Don’t risk your life or the lives of others on the road.”

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