Rapidly rising waters have surrounded Jilkminggan community near Mataranka, and as a precaution, the Local Emergency Committee has decided to evacuate the community this afternoon.
Approximately 250 people are being relocated by boat and bus into temporary accommodation at the town hall in Mataranka.
The community sits on the banks of the Roper River, which is currently rising due to flow from the Waterhouse River and Warloch Ponds.
Regional Controller A/Assistant Commissioner Travis Wurst said, “Access roads to Jilkminggan have been cut and the community is now surrounded by water. Inundation is predicted in the near future.
“A decision has been made for the safety of the community to evacuate today.
“The evacuees will be looked after in Mataranka tonight, and a decision will be made tomorrow or coming days whether they will be relocated, depending on the situation.”
People in the area should avoid unnecessary travel to allow for the safe evacuation to take place.