Sand is available for pick-up in Hervey Bay and M'Boro

SAND is going quick from both Hervey Bay and Maryborough, with locals taking no risks including Scarness resident Shannon Monro.

The downpour the region had a few weeks ago flooded his shed.

"It was pretty deep inside the shed, so just preparing if it does get bad," he said.

Despite the recent damage done, Mr Monro said the Scarness house doesn't usually get flooded.

Filling sandbags in Hervey Bay on March 30 - right, Shannon Monro.
Filling sandbags in Hervey Bay on March 30 - right, Shannon Monro. Annie Perets

With school cancelled for the day for each Fraser Coast school, it did not mean a day of relaxing for all the youngsters.

Dyllon, 13, Kiarna, 10, and Chelsea Browne, 9, were at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre early in the morning helping fill sandbags.

"We are worried our place is going to flood," Dyllon said.

Similar to Mr Monro, they also live in a house in Scarness.

Rain two weeks ago resulted in water getting close to their doorstep.

"If there was more rain then, it would have got into the house," Kiarna said.

Filling sandbags near Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre on March 30 - Dyllon, 13, Chelsea, 9, and Kiarna Browne, 10.
Filling sandbags near Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre on March 30 - Dyllon, 13, Chelsea, 9, and Kiarna Browne, 10. Annie Perets

For the siblings, it was their first time helping to fill sandbags before a storm.

"It's a bit crazy and lots of people here," Dyllon said.

On the other side of the scale, for Peter Michaeil, today was a standard storm routine.

Filling Sandbags near Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre on March 30 - Peter Michail.
Filling Sandbags near Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre on March 30 - Peter Michail. Annie Perets

"Whenever there' a storm event, water comes straight into my property and I get flooded," he said.

"It's been going on since 1995."

His property consists of an acre of land in Wondunna

"The whole front yard gets up to 20-30cm of water," he said.

"One year there was an inch of water coming through the front door."

Filling sandbags near Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre on March 30 - SES members were there helping members of the public.
Filling sandbags near Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre on March 30 - SES members were there helping members of the public. Annie Perets

 

Two truckoads-worth were delivered to Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre last night but that sand was well gone by this morning.

Residents were on standby waiting for SES to bring in more sand and bags, which they delivered.

SES is working to meet demand with sand still available.

Filling sandbags near Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre on March 30 - getting ready for heavy rainfall.
Filling sandbags near Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre on March 30 - getting ready for heavy rainfall. Annie Perets

Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre is at 202-204 Boundary Rd, Torquay.

Maryborough SES shed is located on Reed Ave, Maryborough.

Sand is also on standby at the Burrum Heads SES shed.



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