Katherine's evacuees will be happy to start returning home tomorrow.
Emergency services have given Numbulwar the all clear after Tropical Cyclone Trevor passed though the gulf yesterday morning.
Today's focus is on the Barkly region and Tennant Creek where an emergency shelter has been opening this morning.
While Trevor is no longer a cyclone but a tropical depression, there is predictions of 200mm or more of rain in the parched area over the next day.
Survey teams from emergency services are still reviewing areas in the cyclone's path.
Regional Controller Commander Travis Wurst says despite the fact that some areas are no longer feeling the effects of Severe TC Trevor, "It doesn't mean all communities have been given the all clear."
Angurugu and Umbakumba residents have been cleared to start returning home from this morning.
Evacuees were encouraged to stay in their registered shelters last night so they can prepare to travel at first light.
These residents will be eligible for relief payments from their community after arrival.
Bickerton Island residents are not yet cleared for return, this will be assessed today.
The hundreds of Numbulwar residents in Katherine will start their long bus trip home tomorrow after another soggy night at the showgrounds.
It was the second wet and cold night for those in tents, 45mm has fallen in Katherine these past two days.
Relief payments will be available after arrival in Numbulwar.
Borroloola and Robinson River areas will start to be inspected by safety teams today.
"We have people surveying those communities and the connecting roads that were affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor," he said.
"One of the things that we're concerned about is preserving vital infrastructure for these remote areas and restoring telecommunications, power and water to communities that have had their supplies affected."
An emergency shelter has been set up at the Tennant Creek Civic Hall.
It will provide emergency shelter for community members who do not have adequate shelter or have concerns regarding their current housing arrangements in the case of the predicted severe weather including damaging winds and heavy rainfall.
At this stage, community members have not been issued a directive to seek shelter. NT Emergency Services will continue to provide updates in regards to this as the event progresses.
It is important people who seek shelter are aware that they need to bring their own provisions, including food and bedding, and that substances including all drugs and alcohol - are strictly prohibited in emergency shelters.
Animals are not allowed in the emergency shelter.
If you are attending the emergency shelter at the Tennant Creek Civic Centre, please make sure;
- · You bring your own food provisions, enough to last 48 hours
- · One bag per person can be brought into the emergency shelters.
- · Important items to bring include;
- · Personal identification
- · Medicare card
- · Bank account details
- · Any required medications
- · Clothing
- · Personal items such as towels and toiletries
- · Nappies, formula, toys and others items for children and babies
- · Sheets and pillows.
Prior to impact of the cyclone or severe weather, pet owners need to ensure their pets are in a safe and secure environment where they can't hurt themselves or run away if they get frightened.
If you have to evacuate your home and cannot take your companion animals with you, leave them in the house with enough food and water for 5 days. Fill buckets of water and leave them around your house.
Disaster assistance is now available in the communities of Borroloola, Groote Eylandt and Numbulwar affected by the severe weather and flooding brought on by Tropical Cyclone Trevor.
Minister for Emergency Management and North Queensland Recovery Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC and the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Michael Gunner said assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-Northern Territory Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Minister Reynolds said the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments are working closely to ensure affected communities receive the support they need as quickly as possible.
"Tropical Cyclone Trevor continues to bring widespread severe weather and flooding to communities in the region," Minister Reynolds said.
"This funding will help cover the costs of clean-up operations and Personal Hardship Assistance will also be available to help affected residents with their immediate needs upon returning home."
Chief Minister Gunner said severe weather and flooding associated with Tropical Cyclone Trevor has damaged properties and public infrastructure.
"I am pleased that assistance is now available to support these remote communities and we are continuing to monitor the situation closely," Chief Minister Gunner said.
"The Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments are committed to supporting the long-term recovery of communities impacted by Tropical Cyclone Trevor."
Payments of between $250-$650 were immediately available for Darwin residents in relief payments after TC Marcus last year.
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