Daly River Town Returning To Life

Daly River Town Returning To Life

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles

Daly River Residents To Return Home Tomorrow

Victor P Taffa

Daly River residents will be able to return to the community tomorrow while all essential services such as water, sewerage, the store and health clinic will be back online today.

Chief Minister Adam Giles said water levels had now fallen substantially and the clean-up had progressed well with 76 of 84 houses in the community to be ready for residents to return tomorrow.

“Local residents, Government staff, contractors and volunteers have done a fantastic job over the last few days working to clean up houses and get the Daly River community up and running as quickly as possible.” Chief Minister Giles said.

 

“I’m pleased to say we are now in a position where residents will be able to leave the evacuation centre and start returning home from tomorrow.”

“I thank all residents for their patience and co-operation during this difficult time and thank all the staff and volunteers for their hard work over the Christmas-New Year period.”

Chief Minister Giles said the road block into the community would be removed tomorrow, but Woolianna Road would remain closed to all traffic and water still remained at flood levels across many roads.

“While residents will be able to return home from tomorrow, there is still a lot of work going on to clean up and fix damaged infrastructure with houses being connected to power progressively once they are cleaned and have had an environmental health check.” Chief Minister Giles said.

“The precautionary water boil alert was cancelled on the weekend, the Daly River store continues to be stocked and all essential services personnel are returning to the community from today.”

“The Department of Business is also working with businesses affected by flooding to help them recover and resume trading as soon as possible with a Business Development officer visiting Daly River this week to meet one on one with businesses.”

Chief Minister Giles said Northern Territory Government staff was working with residents to assess households which may be eligible to receive replacement household goods and other financial assistance.

“Teams from a number of Government agencies began assessments a week ago and their work will continue to assess the impact of the flooding on the Daly River community.” Chief Minister Giles said.

“It has been a trying time for residents over the last couple of weeks but I’m pleased we are able to start getting residents back into their homes.”