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Sandbagging information

and workshop evening

NSW SES Wyong Unit Headquarters will be holding a demonstration evening on how to prepare for future floods by learning how to fill and lay sandbags.

CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE to view sandbagging demonstration video.

11 November 2022


SANDBAGS have been used as temporary flood barriers for centuries but why is such a basic design still a popular form of flood protection?


But why is such a basic design still a popular form of flood protection?


  • There are three reasons: they are inexpensive, simple to use and, if used properly, are effective at diverting flood water.


  • Due to their low cost and ease of use, nearly anyone armed with a shovel and the right materials can construct a temporary sandbag flood barrier.


A sandbag structure does not guarantee a water-tight seal, but properly filled and constructed it can act as a barrier to divert moving water around, instead of entering your home and divert floodwater flowing down driveways or across properties.


During low level flooding, sandbags placed in the right locations around your home can reduce the impact of flooding. As little as 25 sandbags can reduce the damage to your home built on a slab.


What do I do once I have finished with the sandbags?


Sandbags that have been in contact with floodwater need to be thrown away. Contact Central Coast Council to find out how to dispose of your sandbags safely.


Sandbag workshop:


  • 6:00 pm Monday 21st November 2022


  • NSW SES Wyong Unit Headquarters, Levitt Street, Wyong (beside the tennis courts)


You may choose to watch the following 6-minute video in preparation for the workshop or if you are unable to attend it by clicking on the image above. The workshop will be repeated again in the near future.