Between 7 and 9 March 2023, 533mm of rain fell across the Nicholson, Gregory, and Leichardt River catchments in the Gulf of Carpentaria. This rainfall caused major flooding in the communities of Burketown, Doomadgee, and Gregory. More than 96 residents from across the area were evacuated. By April 2023, many of the residents had returned to the area and although the community has made some progress with the clean-up, the flooding caused significant damage to infrastructure and property.
At the request of Queensland Reconstruction Authority, National Emergency Management Agency and Burke Shire Council, Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) deployed a small team of experienced volunteers to assist with recovery tasks.
QLD Flood Recovery Operation
Area of Operations
Burketown, Gregory and Doomadgee
Recovery Taskings for Operation Carrington
As part of Operation Carrington, DRA provided the following capabilities:
- Damage and impact assessments
- Debris removal
· Clean-up of affected and damaged properties
The story behind the name
As part of its respect to military veterans, DRA names its relief operations after a local veteran in honour of their service to the community, and in turn ours. In this case, we have named the Operation Carrington, after three locals, who were all related and enlisted to serve in WWII.
Work orders completed
Community costs saved
Burketown Queensland Flood Recovery 2023
DRA’s flood recovery operation in Burketown, QLD