Hundreds evacuated in Northern Territory floods, reports of crocodiles

December 28, 2015 5:30 pm

 The Daly River Mango Farm near Darwin is flooded after recent extreme . Photo / Facebook

Floods in ’s Northern Territory have forced hundreds to
evacuate, closed roads and there are reports of crocodiles moving in to
the towns.

One woman is so far reported as dead and one man
still missing in floodwaters, and 500 people from the community of Daly
River have been evacuated to Darwin, with 390 currently being housed at
the showgrounds.
Residents of the remote Nauiyu community
reported saltwater crocodiles had made their way into town in the
floodwaters. The crocodiles were seen on the local football field and
the NT reported one had been seen taking two dogs.
The Daly River is still above major flood levels at 14.68m, and is expected to remain so for several more days.
The
water at Dorisvale Crossing near Pine Creek has reached 23.3m, which
Commissioner Kershaw said was expected to drop over coming days – which
may alleviate pressure on the Daly River – but until then roads into the
community will be closed so police can secure pets, homes and
valuables.

Police are still searching by air and land for a 28-year-old
man from Peppimenarti, whose friends saw him swept away in floodwaters
on Christmas Day.
“We do hold grave concerns but we remain ever
hopeful that we’ll find him safe and well, and that’s why we’ll continue
to search,” Commissioner Kershaw said.
Near Beswick, 100km south
of Katherine, a woman aged in her 50s drowned on Sunday when she was
unable to escape the car she was travelling in with four others when it
got stuck near a creek crossing.

500 people from the community of Daly River have been evacuated to Darwin. Photo / Facebook
500 people from the community of Daly River have been evacuated to Darwin. Photo / Facebook
Emergency services have since airlifted several other
groups of people across the top end to safety, and Commissioner Kershaw
said it was frustrating that Territorians didn’t appear to be heeding
flood warnings.
“People underestimate, we see it all the time …
you’re better off not trying to cross fast-flowing water because you
can’t beat mother nature,” he said.
“Conditions are still very
dangerous out there, and as we’ve sadly seen, it’s important that people
behave responsibly and do not enter floodwaters in vehicles or on
foot.”
More than 600ml of rain has fallen over the past few days and the Victoria, Daly and Roper Rivers are under 24-hour watch.
People
in flood-prone areas need to keep alert to the threat of crocodiles,
following reports of two dogs being taken at Daly River, said Andrew
Warton, NT Emergency Services director.
“That’s a paramount
consideration: not to play in floodwaters, not to enter the waters where
not necessary, and just to be crocwise,” he said.
“We are in the Territory, and unfortunately that’s just another risk we face.”
Authorities say it will likely be several days before residents can return home and salvage what remains.

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