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Free sandbags for residents facing flooding in Brisbane


By Juliano Oliveira

Free sandbags are available in four depots in Brisbane for residents living in areas prone to flooding.

Bags are always available to be collected from:

  • Darra – South Depot, 38 Shamrock Road
  • Morningside – Balmoral Depot, 9 Redfern Street
  • Newmarket – SES Depot, 66 Wilston Road
  • Zillmere-North Depot, 33 Jennings Street.

The use of sandbags may reduce the impact of the water during a downpouring. It does not have the autonomy to stop the water entirely, but it is the recommended option to lessen the amount of water entering the premises.

Sandbags that have come into contact with floodwaters can be disposed of at one of Brisbane’s City Council four transfer stations.

On Tuesday (2), Queensland’s South-Eastern recorded extensive rainfall above 50 millimetres.

Data collected at 9 am of Wednesday (3) by Brisbane Weather Stations, reflecting the total for the previous 24 hours, shows that the city received 44.6 millimetres of rainfall yesterday. 

Rainfall includes all forms of precipitation that reach the ground, such as rain, drizzle, hail and snow.

Yesterday, RACQ Club spokesperson Clare Hunter said there had been massive delays across Brisbane, as crashes, breakdowns, and heavy rain played havoc with the entire traffic network.  

“We’re seeing a number of roads impacted by flash flooding, particularly in Brisbane’s northern and eastern suburbs,” Ms Hunter said.

“There’s never a safe way to get through floodwater, if it’s flooded forget it. The best option is to turn around and play it safe.”

There were traffic warnings on Bruce Highway, on Anzac Avenue, Didswith and Didsbury Streets in East Brisbane, Gympie Road, Turbot and Edward Street.

Severe thunderstorms are possible about interior parts of the state today. Warnings will be issued in the afternoon as needed, according to Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in Queensland.

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