SES deputy group leader Cheryl Ireland and group leader Gary Olive prepare for possible emergency flood issues across the region next week.
SES deputy group leader Cheryl Ireland and group leader Gary Olive prepare for possible emergency flood issues across the region next week. Sharyn Oneill Rokses-S

Volunteers are at the ready

STATE Emergency Service volunteers are on standby for any emergency situations that could unfold when the Fitzroy River peaks in Rockhampton early next week.

There are about 10,000 sand bags issued for emergency use across the region.

Rockhampton Regional Council SES local controller Eddie Cowie said it was vital the community understood these sandbags were strictly for emergency response use.

“It's home owner's responsibility to sand bag their own homes and clear trees in preparation for the floods,” Mr Cowie said.

Mr Cowie said about 200 SES volunteers were on stand-by for possible flood boat operations.

“If any issues do arise, (for example) water rescues, resupply to isolated properties and medical emergencies, we have five flood boats, three in Rockhampton, one in Yaamba and one in Marlborough,” he said.

“It's the biggest time of the year for us. At this stage we are not concerned. We have enough resources to deal with the expected floods and there are emergency plans in place.”

If you require sandbags contact your local hardware store or fill ordinary shopping bags with garden soil. 



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