Evacuated residents start returning home

NT Government

Residents evacuated from communities across the north-western region of the Northern Territory have started returning home following flooding and severe weather.

The Minister for Police declared an emergency situation for the communities of Daguragu and Pigeon Hole on Thursday 18 January. With a further emergency declaration made on 20 January for the communities of Timber Creek, Kalkarindji and Yarralin.

Many of the evacuees accommodated in Katherine and Darwin over the past week were elderly residents and people with health conditions who needed to be closer to medical services because of restricted access to their communities.

These residents have now started returning to Kalkarindji, Daguragu and Bulla community, with essential services and road access restored.

Those residents from Daguragu who self-relocated to Kalkarindji have been cared for by the community. Road repairs this afternoon will make it possible for residents to start returning home.

Repatriation of Pigeon Hole residents will occur pending road repairs and restocking of the store.

Authorities are waiting for water to recede in the Timber Creek area, before residents of Gilwi, Gilardi, One Mile and Myatt outstations can return home.

With the new school year commencing next week, schools and teachers in the affected area are preparing to welcome students.

Deputy Regional Controller, Commander Danny Bacon said, “As we move towards the recovery phase, I want to thank everyone for their hard work and ongoing efforts during this emergency response.

“The expertise of our emergency services and operational centre staff continues to be essential in ensuring the safety of Territorians.

“I also want to thank the community of Kalkarindji for accommodating their neighbours from Daguragu, and Yarralin residents for their hospitality towards those from Kalkarindji.”

“As people across the Territory return home ahead of the school year, it’s important to remember road and weather conditions change quickly. REMEMBER: If it’s flooded, forget it! Don’t risk your life or the lives of others on the road.”

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