Residents in the Northern Territory community of Nauiyu and the Daly River region are being told to prepare for moderate flood levels as the river continues to rise.
- Authorities are preparing for a moderate flood at Daly River
- They say the threshold for an evacuation order has not been met
- But NT Police have sent additional staff to assist the community
The NT Bureau of Meteorology has advised that the river could reach the moderate flood levels by tomorrow.
The Daly River reached 12.6 metres, which constitutes a minor flood level, at the police station on Wednesday.
NT police have been advised the river may reach a peak of between 13.6 metres and 13.8 metres, or moderate flood height, by Thursday.
But NT Police said the river was not expected to reach major flood levels.
Incident Controller Commander Janelle Tonkin said there had been no evacuation order yet.
“The local community is well prepared and they have done this before — they know what to expect.
“That said, planning is well underway if the situation changes and the predicted river height passes that threshold.”
About 330 people live in the Daly River community, about 220kms south of Darwin.
Daily meetings are being held with residents so they can be updated on the river height and advice from emergency services.
Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, a Nauiyu resident and the 2021 Senior Australian of the Year, has called for community calm.
“I’m saying settle down, calm down, slow down — the river is only coming up very slow.”
But Mr Ungunmerr-Baumann said she was comfortable with how preparations were going.
“I know it is scary for us, sometimes when it is like this. But we go along with it slowly.
Resident John Daly said so far things were progressing in an orderly fashion.
“They’ll have meetings today; they’ll talk about evacuations and things like that, and where people are going,” he said.
“Some people will head out of the community and go out, it’s just an orderly process that we go through. It’s a part of life with growing up on a river system.
“It’s a beautiful place down here, but floods are part and parcel of living on a river.”
Mr Daly said he’d weathered a few floods in his time.
“As long back as I can remember, when we used to do the evacuations in the past, we just used to camp out in army tents on the other side of the water,” he said.
“The river comes up, it comes down. I think it is good for the country that we have got so much water.”
NT Police have sent additional staff to assist in community preparations and the Northern Territory Emergency Service has sent three additional boats to the community in case they are required to help move people in low-lying areas