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Daly River flood: NT authorities to stock Nauiyu with medical services and fresh food

By Alexandra Fisher, Friday January 8, 2016 - 15:00 EDT
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This car was completely submerged during the peak of the flooding. - ABC

Flood-damaged Nauiyu, in the Northern Territory's Top End, needs to have its shop stocked and medical clinic operating fully before the majority of evacuated locals can move back in, the coordinator of recovery efforts says.

Almost 500 locals have been housed in Darwin since the Daly River flooded the community on Boxing Day.

Over the last few days some have been allowed to temporarily return home to help with the clean-up effort, then brought back to relief accommodation at the Darwin Showground to sleep.

Recovery coordinator John de Koning said it is important to get essential services up and running.

"Early next week we'll assess the situation with a view to bringing the residents back," he said.

"Before we do that we need to make sure the shop is up and running, the health clinic is up and running and other essential services such as power."

The lack of electricity has led to all perishable food going off.

Dozens of boxes of rotting meat and other items like milk have been cleared out of the local store on Friday.

Staff will spend the weekend trying to re-stock the store and it is hoped the shop will be ready to open again on Monday.

The Daly River is now well below the minor flood level.

The Northern Territory Department of Infrastructure has been assessing homes in the community to see which ones will be safe for residents to return to next week.


- ABC

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