FLOOD PROTECTION: SES crews fill sandbags at the SES facility in Kendalls Rd.
FLOOD PROTECTION: SES crews fill sandbags at the SES facility in Kendalls Rd. Mike Knott BUN290317SANDBAGS5

SES busy prepping sand bags

THE rain is finally falling in the Rum City but for those who were caught unaware the SES is on hand to help.

As downpours continue, the Bundaberg State Emergency Service is busy preparing sandbags.

A SES spokeswoman told the NewsMail volunteers were being called in to help fill bags as she spoke.

She said the bags were free and anyone who needed them was more then welcome to call past and collect some.

"There's just a limit of 20 bags maximum at one time," she said.

"People who come also need to bear in mind the weight restrictions on their cars.

"We've had some people try to leave with the cars riding on the axles."

Sandbags can be collected between 8.30am and 5pm from the Bundaberg SES unit at Kendalls Rd, Branyan.

WHY SANDBAG?

  • Sandbags will not stop the water completely but can reduce the amount of water entering your home.
  • During low level flooding, sandbags placed in the right locations around your home can reduce the impact of flooding.
  • Sandbagging can be quite helpful where the level of water is not expected to be too high.
  • Otherwise you need a considerable number of bags, sand and plastic sheeting.

REMEMBER

  • Sandbagging your doors doesn't stop water from entering your house via seep holes.
  • Sandbagging your front fence line doesn't stop water entering through your neighbours' property, or their neighbour's property.
  • Place sandbags against entry points to the house otherwise you risk damming and catching rain which may then enter your house.

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