Lionel Buxton, John O'Sullivan and Ken Leynolds filling sandbags on Old Maryborough Rd hours before Cyclone Marcia impacts the Fraser Coast.
Lionel Buxton, John O'Sullivan and Ken Leynolds filling sandbags on Old Maryborough Rd hours before Cyclone Marcia impacts the Fraser Coast. Eliza Wheeler

Residents still filling sandbags in Hervey Bay

NERVOUS Hervey Bay locals are still filling sandbags just hours before Cyclone Marcia's effects are due to be felt on the Fraser Coast.

While the sun was still shining and the sky was still blue on Friday morning, families living in low-lying areas were anything but calm.

Cars were racing in and out of the SES depot on Old Maryborough Rd and the vacant land next to Mitre 10 where people could collect the much-needed sand.

Eli Waters resident Jay Tiltman said his home in Bunya Ct had had been flooded before.

"The run-off water came in from behind us in 2013," Mr Tiltman said.

"So we're just quickly getting ready for this next one."

Kawungan resident Lionel Buxton was helping others get ready for what was to come.

He said even though the sky was still blue, it would not stay that way for long.

"Looking at the sky now you wouldn't think anything was coming," Mr Buxton said.

"But I started getting ready today because I know what's to come."

There was a lot of confusion about where to collect the bags for filling.

SES senior field operator Daniel Wade said sandbags were still available.

"Bags can be collected from SES depots in Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads and Maryborough and would be all day," Mr Wade said.

"In Hervey Bay we have a designated sand area down the road so people just need to bring their own shovels."