Council has also established sandbag locations at the following locations:
- Arana Hills SES - 2 Pine Hills Drive, off Jinker Track
- Bribie Island SES - 208-224 First Avenue
- Caboolture Council Depot - corner of Commercial Drive & Machinery Parade
- Deception Bay Council Depot carpark - Old Bay Road
- Petrie SES - 3 Woonara Drive
- Redcliffe SES - 42 Portwood Street
- Woodford Council Depot - Mary Street
Please note: Members of the public may be required to fill their own sand bags and should bring their own shovel. Limited numbers may be available at some locations. Sandbags may also be purchased from hardware stores, landscaping suppliers and other local stores.
Tips for sandbagging
The Queensland SES have put together some videos with helpful
advice about filling and laying sandbags. Additional advice below.
What you need
Empty sandbags, sand, plastic sheeting, shovel, sturdy gloves
Filling, moving and placing sandbags can be physically demanding
work. It is important to take some precautions before
- Use sturdy
gloves, and wear enclosed shoes, a hat and sunscreen and drink
plenty of water.
- Take care when
shoveling and lifting, to bend your knees and be mindful of your
safety when carrying sandbags.
Where to place sandbags
- Cover drainage
holes e.g. toilet, shower, bath and floor drains to stop
- Place a small
sandbag wall across doorways. The number of layers required will be
dependent on the expected flood height; however it is generally
around two sandbag rows high.
- Air vents
between brickwork may also require sandbags. Small vents may be
covered with waterproof tape or plastic.
- Only use sand.
Soil and other materials are not recommended.
- Don't fill
bags to the top. Sandbags should only be two thirds full.
- Secure the top
of the sandbag by folding the top under the bottom of the bag when
you lay it down.
- Lay down a
layer of plastic sheeting to act as a water proofing membrane and
place the sandbags on top.
- Offset the
rows with a staggered placement of bags like brickwork.
- Lay sandbags
as flat as possible and compress rows to fill in any
Disposing of sandbags
- Never re-use
sandbags that have been exposed to flood water. Throw them
- Free tipping
is available for residents in the Moreton Bay Region
sandbags may be reused in the future. Store undercover in a dry
location. Before using stored sandbags check the bag before
Residents who require emergency assistance should contact Triple
For storm and flood assistance, contact the SES on 13 25 00.
All other enquiries contact council on (07) 3205 0555.