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Teams work through heat to set back up Camp Elcho

Posted: 26 March 2015

A team of NT Fire and Rescue Service, NT Emergency Services, NSW Rural Fire Service and community members got to work today to re-establish Camp Elcho at Galiwinku.

The group worked through the humid wet season conditions on the Galiwinku sports oval to get the emergency accommodation back up for residents.

Five NT Emergency Services members, seven from NT Fire and Rescue Service, eight NSW Rural Fire Service personnel and 14 locals worked all day to put up the temporary housing.

The habitats were recently taken down while Tropical Cyclone Nathan passed through the community.

Camp Elcho includes heavy duty shelters with floors that can safely accommodate around 300 residents in the short term while homes are repaired.

Galiwinku residents are expected to be able to move into the camp tomorrow.

The inter-agency team has performed well together in difficult conditions to restore accommodation to the community.

The team collaborated with each other and worked hard to achieve what they set out to quickly and efficiently.

A total of 32 habitats have been set up with an additional five tents for shade and communal areas.

Residents of Warruwi who were evacuated to Darwin during Cyclone Nathan were repatriated on Wednesday.

The residents were sent back home after survey teams established the community was safe and had not suffered any damage.