Stranded residents evacuated from Aboriginal community

Wujal Wujal residents have arrived in Cooktown, as evacuation efforts from the flood hit Aboriginal community continue. 

Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott says there was a sense of relief among the 20 who arrived at the evacuation centre in Cooktown on Tuesday.

"They're all smiles coming in," he said.

"They have been through a tough time, there's no doubt about that, but there was just gratitude, relaxed coming to a safe, dry, hospitable place."

Mr Scott said while he was expecting more people, some residents had elected to stay in Wujal Wujal.

"I have heard there are quite a few people choosing to stay down there despite having no power or sewerage system," he told AAP.

"I'd much prefer them to come up here."

An initial evacuation attempt on Monday failed due to poor weather conditions. 

"I want to say to those residents who’ve been waiting that I know you’re tired and wet and uncomfortable but help is on its way just as soon as we could have done it,” Premier Steven Miles said on Tuesday.

Wujal Wujal was inundated with water in the wake of ex tropical cyclone Jasper. 

Mr Miles said one home in the community had been destroyed, 15 had severe damage and 50 were moderately damaged.

The remaining 92 houses had minor damage. 

Mr Scott said Cooktown residents had pulled together to help the Wujal Wujal evacuees in any way they could. 

"The generosity of the local people has been fabulous, they've donated clothes, sheets, swags, towels, all sorts of things," he said.

Police have sent more officers into the region to help with the evacuation and recovery efforts. 

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said it might be some time before Wujal Wujal residents were able to return to their homes.

"It is still inundated with a lot of water and I would expect there would be significant damage in that area," she said. 

The evacuation is expected to continue into Wednesday. 

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