SES member Corey Waynwright filling sandbags for concerned Esplanade shop owner Ashleigh Manley.
SES member Corey Waynwright filling sandbags for concerned Esplanade shop owner Ashleigh Manley. Brendan Bufi

Residents seeking sandbags ahead of possible flooding

RESIDENTS preparing for potential flooding have been phoning the SES in Maryborough and Hervey Bay on Wednesday asking for sandbags.

SES Maryborough's Helen Scott said members of the public were starting to prepare for possible flash flooding.

"We're about to make a delivery of 60 bags to John St but a lot of people have been coming in and picking them up themselves," she said.

Ms Scott said the SES would also be helping lay the sandbags down all over Maryborough.

"We'll be putting some down for the elderly people who have called us," she said.

"We're not focusing on any particular areas yet, we're just helping the people who contact us from wherever they are."

Sandbags can be collected from the Maryborough SES depot on Reed Ave and people can phone the SES on 4121 4632.

SES members and Bunnings staff making shovelling sand in the car park of Bunnings Maryborough on Thursday ahead of cyclone Marcia.
SES members and Bunnings staff making shovelling sand in the car park of Bunnings Maryborough on Thursday ahead of cyclone Marcia. Contributed

Robert Biram from SES Hervey Bay said they also had been busy on Wednesday morning with people asking for sandbags.

"If Hervey Bay people need sandbags they can grab them at the SES shed on 103 Old Maryborough Rd," he said.

"We're not filling or stacking them ourselves right now because we're working on other emergency jobs related to the weather like fixing leaky rooves and getting people prepared."

Mr Biram said Hervey Bay SES would be focusing on certain areas close to the beach.

"We'll be watching the area along the beachfront, especially Torquay, and Tooan Tooan Creek where the bat colony is."

The SES is encouraging people to clean up their yards ahead of the expected strong winds.

On Thursday, February 19, the Burrum Heads SES depot will be open between 8am and 4.30pm for residents who want to fill their own sandbags.