BAGS OF WORK: The Yamba SES were hard at work yesterday filling sandbags by hand yesterday, ready for localised flooding.
BAGS OF WORK: The Yamba SES were hard at work yesterday filling sandbags by hand yesterday, ready for localised flooding.

SES is ready for rising waters

A team of dedicated SES volunteers continued to fill bags throughout yesterday, creating a stockpile for those who may need them as the situation develops.

Grafton SES unit controller Wally Bridle said the team had done as much as possible to prepare, and many dedicated volunteers had cancelled their plans to be on call over the weekend, including six volunteers trained in swift water rescue.

Mr Bridle's original plans to camp at Wooli for the weekend would have been washed anyway, but he will put his time to use by helping to co-ordinate the local operation.

The Grafton SES Unit had already received 48 requests from the community by yesterday afternoon.

In light of this, the unit controller asked that people keep their mobile phones handy after calling to request assistance.

"I realise some people are in areas where reception is not that good, but if they're in Grafton (and uncontactable) it can make things hard," he said.

At the SES unit in South Grafton, spokeswoman Jenni Funari said 10,000 sandbags and support crews from surrounding regions had made their way into the area as a precaution.

"We're still looking at a really fluid situation," she said.

"We're still planning for a possible 300mm both today and tomorrow, recognising that it may not get there.

"We don't know what we're going to get."



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