Moruya and Bay SES flat out

Cometh the hour, cometh the volunteers of the Moruya and Batemans Bay State Emergency Service, who performed 42 jobs on Tuesday and are still in the field.

Twenty volunteers from both SES units were in action in the Eurobodalla from 9am to 10pm on Tuesday, including 20 jobs in one hour.

The flood relief, tarping and sandbagging jobs occurred between Tomakin and North Batemans Bay.

“This matched the northern-oriented footprint of the weather.”

“We had to prioritise our operations,” Moruya SES unit controller Jeff McMahon said.

“It started in dribs and drabs, and then we had a very large number of jobs in the afternoon.

“We had to have our vehicles and rescue-trained personnel ready in case any raod crash, vertical or flood rescues were required.”

Each volunteer was only permitted to work for eight hours, so managing the roster was important.

Mr McMahon said that all the work was necessary due to the severity of the weather rather than poor preparation on any of the householders’ part.

The volunteers attended two jobs on Wednesday morning, and were still in the field well into Wednesday.

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