Katherine Evacuated?

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 09:30
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My wife just mentioned that she heard on the radio that Katherine is being evacuated due to rising floodwaters, expected to reach record levels.

Anyone able to confirm this?

Good rain is always welcome, but there is always a downside. Hope everyone is OK.
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Reply By: Member - Alan (WA) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 09:36

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 09:36
Sounds consistent with a report yesterday..........

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Northern Territory
Darwin Regional Forecasting Centre

at 1153 CST Wednesday 5 APRIL 2006

Top End and Gulf Country.

Widespread moderate falls 30-60mm with scattered heavy falls 70-130mm
throughout. Isolated heavier falls above 130mm were recorded in the Darwin-Daly
and Roper-McArthur districts.

An active monsoon trough lies across the Top End with a tropical low east of
Katherine. The trough and low are producing widespread monsoonal showers and
rain areas over the Top End and Gulf Country. The low is expected to move slowly
towards the south/southeast over the next few days.

FORECAST for the rest of today and Thursday
Widespread moderate falls around 30-60mm with scattered heavy falls 70-100mm.
Isolated heavier falls above 100mm are most likely over inland parts near the
low, but could also occur just about anywhere over the Top End and Gulf country
from slow moving storms or rain areas. Heavy rainfall may lead to widespread
flooding in the Katherine River and Roper River areas and further flooding
elsewhere across the Top End and Gulf country.

OUTLOOK for Friday and Saturday
The low is expected to move further southeast into the Gulf country with some
dry air in the middle levels moving over the western Top End. Heavy rainfall
will ease over the western Top End and will contract to the eastern Top End and
Gulf country by Saturday. These falls are likely to produce further flooding
over the eastern Top End and Gulf country.

Around 11 am Thursday.

DARWIN Regional Forecasting Centre.
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Reply By: Rod W - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 09:44

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 09:44
Yes. So what its nearly an annual occurrance in the region and the rest of the topend. Before the main track became an all weather one, every creek crossing use to flood at which one would have to sit for two or three days waiting for them to fall.
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 19:45

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 19:45
Think you might be confusing 'isolated / cut off by flood waters' with 'evacuated due to flooding' Rod.

Eight years ago (1998) Katherine was devastated by floods when the river burst its banks.

Four people were killed, half the population was forced to flee their homes and all the businesses in the commercial area were flooded.

I'm not suggesting this one will be as bad, although one news report suggested it might be.

Don't think the effected people would be saying 'so what'.

Anyway, lets hope everything is OK this time.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C.- Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 20:20

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 20:20
Went through there just after the '98 flood had subsided....
The place was a mess.. No accommodation, no fuel, no nothing!!
From the images shown on the evening news, this one looks like it'll be every bit as bad....
Hope the affected townfolk have got 'emselves onto high ground...
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 09:45

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 09:45
Katherine residents flee rising river
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Residents in the Northern Territory town of Katherine have begun evacuating as the river threatens to flood the town.

Nursing home residents and hospital patients were being moved overnight and households have been told to go to local schools if they need to leave their homes.

The Katherine River had reached 18.5 metres, police spokeswoman Katie Wolf said.

"The river's still not actually over the bridge but there's water on the road," she said.

Ms Wolf said she had not been told of any residents being evacuated, but information was difficult to obtain as she was stuck on the other side of the river.

"We're literally stranded," she told AAP.

The ABC has reported about 50 homes in the north and south of the town would already be about half a metre under water.

The Katherine Regional Counter Disaster Committee warns that the river is expected to peak at around 19 metres by 10 am (CST).

Regional controller Kate Vanderlaan said last night emergency workers were evacuating the Katherine Hospital and a nursing home.

They are believed to be relocated at the RAAF base in Tindal.

Commander Vanderlaan said a flood siren would sound if other residents needed to move.

"If anyone feels uncomfortable remaining in their home, then they may evacuate, but we will sound the alert should evacuation become necessary," she said.

"Anyone wishing to evacuate can go to the Katherine High School or Casuarina Street Primary School.

"But I would encourage people to wait for any instruction to evacuate," she said.

Schools in Katherine will be closed today as a precaution, Ms Vanderlaan said.

Late yesterday, water was also rising in the community of Beswick, near Katherine.

The Central Arnhem Road Bridge was under 2.5 metres of water and the level was expected to steadily rise.

Ms Wolf said a counter-disaster meeting was planned for 9am (CST) today.


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Reply By: Darian (SA) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 09:48

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 09:48
Listen to Radio National on the ABC - they cover evrything, all the time (well nearly ;-0) - was featured this am.
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Reply By: turbopete - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 11:12

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 11:12
i think they have a camera on the Katherine river most of the time must have a look
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 12:36

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 12:36
Try this,



Click camera

Kind regards
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 13:30

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 13:30
Yes, evacuation sirens heard at lunchtime for Katherine - just heard this on the ABC News at 1:30 p.m.
As well, the western Queensland town of Aramac has been partially evacuated due to flooding today.
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