Sandbags

As a general rule residents are responsible for looking after themselves.

  • If you are in danger, your property is under immediate threat, or please contact emergency services on 111.

If a property is regularly subject to flooding then it is the property owner's responsibility to be proactive and take such precautions as may be necessary to protect themselves and their property. This includes ensuring that street stormwater grates are clear of debris.

Maintenance crews employed by Council are focussed on maintaining the function and safety of key infrastructure such as roads, stormwater, water and sewerage. Their priority keeping critical services available for emergency services and the wider public. Available resources are limited and in times of crisis, crews will be prioritised to where they can provide the greatest effect.

There will be exceptions to this where we know a situation exists and in such instances we monitor those trouble spots as a protection measure and are ready to act as required.

 Sandbag Information

  • Sandbags are not waterproof and are best utilised in directing water flow rather than keeping property dry.
  • They are not stored pre-filled as they will begin to rot when put into storage with damp. Keep sandbags dry and separate from sand (or soil) until needed.
  • They require time and effort to fill and place, therefore they generally need to be filled and placed in advance of an event rather than in the middle of an event.
  • Filled sandbags are very heavy. Generally only half-fill as this allows for easier and better placement.
  • Stack them like bricks, overlapping.

Alternative solution

Sheets of PVC are a practical way to waterproof around doors provided they are fixed in place adequately.

Purchasing Sandbags

Sandbag Information

Sandbags are available at Sand and Land, 56 Pascoe Street Tahuna – filled sandbags cost $4-00 each – Sand & Land are open from 8am to 5pm including weekends.

Sandbags will also be available at Millers, 127 Bolt Road Tahuna where filled sandbags will cost $5 each. Millers are open 8am till 3pm on Saturday and 10am till 2pm on Sunday.

The bags themselves are less than one dollar and you can choose to fill your own.

  • Sandbags are not waterproof and are best utilised in directing water flow rather than keeping property dry.
  • They are not stored pre-filled as they will begin to rot when put into storage with damp.
  • Keep sandbags dry and separate from sand (or soil) until needed.
  • They require time and effort to fill and place, therefore they generally need to be filled and placed in advance of an event rather than in the middle of an event.
  • Filled sandbags are very heavy. Generally only half-fill as this allows for easier and better placement.
  • Stack them like bricks, overlapping.

Alternative solution

Sheets of PVC are a practical way to waterproof around doors provided they are fixed in place adequately.

Weather Information

  • Please visit http://metservice.com for the latest forecasts.
  • Tasman District Council: Phone 03 543 8400
  • Nelson City Council: Phone 03 546 0200