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Community effort – Men, women and children grabbed sandbags and shovels in an effort to help save Maclean from flooding.

Team effort saves Maclean

Lynne Mowbray

 

A contingent of Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers from around NSW arrived in Maclean on Monday morning to assist with clean-up operations on Woodford Island.

Brigades from as far away Young, Cootamundra, Springside (near Orange) and Warialda met up with several other brigades at the Maclean Showground, before heading off to assist within our community.

Over the last few days these same crews have been helping out residents on Palmers Island.

Over the last week here in Maclean, the town has had an influx of assistance from around the State from not only RFS members, but SES, NSW Police Rescue, Army Reserves, NSWF+R Technical Support and NSWF+R Bulk Water Transfer System etc.

Thank you also to all our local members of the above services, the Clarence Valley Council (CVC) and local police.

It was a mammoth effort to help stabilise Maclean’s levee wall. Endless loads of fill were brought in by our local earthmoving contractors in tip trucks, with heavy earthmoving equipment to spread and compact it.

But a huge shout out has to go out to the local community as a whole. Residents and families; the men women and children who rolled up their sleeves, turning up with their own shovels to help sandbag. Many working through the night in the rain, sandbagging the levee wall in an effort to stop water inundating our town.

 

Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers from around NSW arrived in Maclean on Monday morning to assist with clean-up operations on Woodford Island.
Work begins to stabilise the Maclean levee wall on Thursday last week.
Stabilisation of the Maclean levee wall – work in progress.
The completion of work on the Maclean levee wall.

Thank you to everyone who was involved, for the top effort in saving our town. Well done!

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