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Sandbagging

Sandbags will not stop flood waters entirely. However, suitable placement of correctly filled bags may reduce the amount of water that enters your property.

Sandbagging is a self-help process for residents; however, the SES may be able to provide assistance to individuals physically unable to get their own sandbags due to illness, age or other incapacity. If assistance is required, the SES can be contacted on 132 500.

Where possible, purchase the items needed to make your own sandbags from local hardware stores and landscape supply businesses.  

What you will need

You will need the following equipment to fill and position sandbags:

  • Empty sandbags
  • Sand - not soil
  • A Shovel
  • Plastic sheeting
  • String - if you are transporting filled sandbags
  • Sturdy gloves and shoes

Sandbag locations

Council will make a limited supply of empty sandbags and sand available from these locations prior to potential flooding events. 

  • Arana Hills SES
    2 Pine Hills Drive, off Jinker Track - View Map
  • Beachmere
    Rogers Street Sports Ground - View Map
  • Bribie Island SES
    208-224 First Avenue - View Map
  • Narangba
    Oakey Flat Road (between Raynbird Road roundabout and Sovereign Drive roundabout) - View Map
  • Caboolture Council Depot Car Park (opposite depot)
    Commercial Drive at Machinery Parade intersection - View Map
  • Deception Bay Council Depot carpark
    Old Bay Road - View Map
  • Elimbah
    Coronation Drive (opposite the church in the median strip) - View Map
  • Petrie SES
    3 Woonara Drive - View Map
  • Redcliffe
    Cnr Portwood Street and Lamington Drive (opposite Redcliffe Showgrounds) - View Map
  • Woodford Council Depot
    Mary Street - View Map
  • Woodford Memorial Hall (rear car park)
    View Map

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.

What you need to do

Where possible, SES members or volunteers will be available at sandbagging locations prior to an event to coordinate sandbagging and assist where necessary. However, it is expected that you will:

  1. fill your own sandbags (don't forget you will need your own shovel)
  2. transport the sandbags to your property
  3. position your sandbags
  4. store unused sandbags
  5. dispose of used sandbags

Please note that supplies of sandbags and sand may be limited, so only take what you need.

Tips for sandbagging

The Queensland SES has developed videos with helpful advice about filling and laying sandbags. Additional advice below. 

What you need

Empty sandbags, sand, plastic sheeting, shovel, sturdy gloves and shoes.

Safety advice

Filling, moving and placing sandbags can be physically demanding work. It is important to take some precautions before starting. 

  • Use sturdy gloves, and wear enclosed shoes, a hat and sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
  • Bend your knees and be mindful of your safety when filling and carrying sandbags.

Where to place sandbags

  • Cover drainage holes e.g. toilet, shower, bath and floor drains to stop backflow.
  • 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 brick work may also require sandbags. Small vents may be covered with waterproof tape or plastic.

Filling sandbags

  • 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. 

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Laying sandbags

  • 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 gaps. 

Storage of unused sandbags        

If keeping a stock of sandbags, be aware that they can rot if left wet or damp.  Sandbags should be stored in a dry place out of the sun. Check the bag for damage before using stored sandbags.

Disposing of sandbags

Sandbags that have been exposed to floodwater need to be thrown away.

Wet sandbags cannot be reused.

Used sandbags that have not come into contact with oil or other contaminants can be opened and sand scattered on lawns and gardens as topsoil, where it will not wash into stormwater drains. Empty sandbags should be placed in the general waste bin.

Sandbags that have come into contact with oil or other contaminants can be disposed of at one of Council's four major waste facilities. Council's major waste facilities are open from 7:00am to 6:00pm and located at:  

  • Bunya, 384 Bunya Road, Bunya (700m west of Jinker Track intersection)
  • Caboolture, 51 McNaught Road, Caboolture (via Pasturage Road, off Bribie Island Road)
  • Dakabin, 336 Old Gympie Road, Dakabin (700m north of Alma Road intersection)
  • Redcliffe, 261 Duffield Road, Clontarf (beside the Peninsula Animal Aid)

Residents are advised not to empty or place full sandbags in their general waste bin. 

Unused sandbags may be reused in the future. Store undercover in a dry location. Check the bag for damage before using stored sandbags.

Emergency contacts

Residents who require emergency assistance should contact Triple Zero.

For storm and flood assistance, contact the SES on 13 25 00.

All other enquiries contact council on (07) 3205 0555.

 

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