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SANDBAG TIPS FOR RESIDENTS

29 January, 2013

Flood Fact Sheet
Sandbag tips
for residents
This fact sheet contains advice for residents and businesses about sandbagging – including filling, stacking, disposal and safety.
Filling sandbags
• Sandbags should be roughly two-thirds full - do not overfill sandbags.
• There should be room left for the sand to shift about and allow the sandbags to lie flat and mould to fill in gaps.
• It is not necessary to tie the top of a sandbag once filled. Fold the top under the bag once you lay them down.
Stacking sandbags
• Stack sandbags as you would when stacking bricks – offset the rows so the placement of the joints is staggered.
• With sandbags, it’s best to offset each row by half a bag.
• Make sure each row lies as flat as possible.
• If it is safe to do so, compress each row of sandbags by stepping across the row. This helps to fill voids and prevents slippage when the next row is placed on top.
Helpful phone numbers
Brisbane City Council
Contact Centre
(07) 3403 8888
State Emergency Services (SES)
132 500
Dept of Communities - Community Recovery Line
1800 173 349
Energex
13 62 62
Optus
13 13 44
Telstra
13 22 03
Safety when filling and
stacking sandbags
• Always wear proper safety gear when working with sandbags.
• Even when you’re filling and positioning sandbags at home on a clear day, you should wear work gloves and goggles. The goggles are especially important to prevent sand from blowing into your eyes.
Sandbag disposal
Council is encouraging residents to hold on to unused sandbags and assist with the disposal of used sandbags.
• Brisbane’s storm season is not over so you may like to keep unused bags until they show signs of deterioration. Sandbags are biodegradable so store undercover where possible.
• Once bags show signs of deterioration and if they have not come into contact with oil or other contaminants, bags can be opened and sand scattered on lawns, gardens and other external areas where it will not wash into stormwater drains.
• Sandbags that have come into contact with flood water should not be used on children’s play areas.
• Contaminated sandbags that are NOT able to be emptied will be collected as part of kerbside collections. Leave them on your footpath.
For latest information visit Council’s website www.brisbane.qld.gov.au
Brisbane City Council’s role in the flood clean-up
Brisbane City Council is coordinating the flood recovery in Brisbane.
Street sweepers
Street sweepers are currently deployed across the city.
As floodwaters recede, street sweepers will initially go into areas worst affected by the floods to clear debris. All areas will be cleaned as soon as possible.
Sandbags
Brisbane City Council will continue to keep supplies of sandbags well stocked. Sandbags may be needed if further rain falls over Brisbane and in the case of retaining walls failing. Due to the saturated ground, there is the potential for retaining walls and river banks to fail and caution is urged around these structures.
Road maintenance
Up to 10 crews will be working to repair road damage over coming days in accessible areas. To report potholes or other maintenance issues, including stormwater drain blockages or missing manhole covers, contact Council on (07) 3403 8888.
Waste disposal
All Council Transfer Stations are open for free tipping between 6am-9pm until further notice. Due to current flooding conditions Council urges residents to carefully consider their need to travel to a transfer station.
Residents are advised to keep their bins inside their property and away from floodwaters until floodwaters recede. Waste collection will resume as soon as it is safe to do so in flood affected areas
of Brisbane.
Residents in flood affected areas who can’t get to a transfer station are advised to place all food scraps in rubbish bags and tie bags closed to contain odour as much as possible. Do not place food scraps on the footpath. Bulk bins are being placed in all affected suburbs for this purpose and locations advised through the media and www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.
Reminder to keep fire hydrants clear
Do not cover fire hydrants when you put waste on the kerb. These hydrants, which are covered with a cement tile, will need to be accessed quickly in the event of a fire.



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