Territory Emergency Operations Centre Monitors Severe Weather in Carpentaria and Barkly Districts

NT Government

The Territory Emergency Operations Centre is closely monitoring the severe weather conditions affecting various parts of the Carpentaria and Barkly districts.

Major flooding is anticipated in the McArthur River area today. In response to this impending threat, residents of Garrawa 1, Garrawa 2, Yanyula, and Malandarri Camp are being relocated as a precautionary measure. Affected residents can relocate to higher ground with friends and family or to the designated safe zone at the Borroloola School. Those choosing to remain in homelands are advised to stock up on essential supplies, including food and water, for at least three days. Individuals with health concerns are urged not to remain in their homelands during this critical time.

Due to restricted access to Borroloola, emergency services are working with local authorities to facilitate rapid evacuation efforts. The Northern Territory Emergency Service, in coordination with the local police, is deploying boats to transfer community members to safety or the nearby airstrip. Additionally, buses are stationed on both sides of the waterway to assist in the transportation of residents.

In Borroloola, essential supplies are being managed efficiently to support affected residents. The ALPA store has ample stocks of non-perishable food items, limited quantities of perishable goods, and a backup generator to sustain operations. Progress on the airstrip is promising, with water levels receding steadily.

Given the prevailing weather conditions, we urge residents to prioritise their safety and reconsider any non-essential travel plans. Doing so can minimise the risk of unnecessary emergencies and ensure that emergency responders can focus on critical rescue operations.

Residents in remote communities affected by flooding are encouraged to initially seek guidance from their local police stations. Without police assistance, individuals can access vital information from Secure NT here, the Bureau of Meteorology [https://www.bom.gov.au/nt/warnings/], Road Report NT here, or by contacting the hotline at 1800 888 901.

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