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Help by the bagfull

Friday, 14th January, 2011

The SES’s Trevor Gaiter and resident Mick Galea worked hard yesterday filling sandbags to stop homes and businisses from being flooded by the incessant rain The SES’s Trevor Gaiter and resident Mick Galea worked hard yesterday filling sandbags to stop homes and businisses from being flooded by the incessant rain

By Stefan Delatovic

The city's State Emergency Service has had a busy, wet couple of days. 

As the skies continued to vacillate between misty rain and heavy showers, with over 35mm falling by 8.30pm last night, SES crews were criss-crossingthe city to help the flooded and sandbag the fearful.

Between 8am Tuesday and lunchtime yesterday, the volunteers had received 167 calls for help, and attended 133. 

The service's Darren Larkin said those calls had included a few leaking roofs and some localised flooding, but mercifully no injuries.

"We're asking the public to bear with us as it can be slow going," he said. At some of these jobs we're laying 40 or 50 sandbags.

"At the moment we have 28 members on the ground and there'd be 3,000 sandbags out in the community."

As the potential for more rain hangs over today, anyone needing help is asked to call the SES on 132 500.

In busy times such as these, people are asked not to go to the SES office, so that calls for help can be kept ordered through the 132 500 number.

"If people come to the gate to get sandbags they're depleting our stock and we could lose track," said Mr Larkin.

At the time of writing yesterday evening the city had received over 26 millimetres of rain, 49.2mm the day before and 12.6mm on Tuesday.

More rain was expected last night and the last of it should clear today.

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