Two weeks into running an evacuation centre in Darwin, and spirits remain high for the 190 or so Daly River residents who are still sheltering there during a major flood in their community.
Red Cross has been managing the evacuation centre, providing personal support and registration services, as the entire community was forced by rising floodwaters to evacuate on 29 January 2018.
Red Cross has been working with the NT government and other agencies to help with activities including face painting, table tennis, an AFL visit and even a spontaneous guitar jam with some of the children.
The flooding in the Lower Daly River was significant, inundating more than half of the buildings with flood waters taking a long time to recede.
Repatriation of the community is expected to take place from Monday 12 February. Red Cross will continue to help as people return to their homes and start the recovery process.
“The Daly River Community have been shaken, but this is not the first time they have dealt with an event like this”, said National Operations Manager, Simon Rickard.
“We will walk alongside them, offering personal and practical support in the journey ahead.”
At the Evacuation Centre our volunteers and staff have been working around the clock, listening to people, offering comfort and emotional support, and practical information to help regain some control over their lives despite the upheaval and uncertainty.