Mammoth effort to save Swan Hill
During January 2010, severe floods swept through the Northern Victorian region of Australia completely inundating some towns whilst others were saved through the teamwork, dedication and sheer persistence of hundreds of local residents and volunteers.
Situated on the mighty Murray River is the border town of Swan Hill. As soon as the threat of flood became obvious the local Plymouth Brethren members immediately went to work to organise supplies of sand bags and to establish the teams needed to fill them.
Large sandbagging depots were set up at two of the Plymouth Brethren business premises and hundreds of local townsfolk flocked there to help, enjoying the organisation and the food that was laid on constantly by the PBCC community.
Some 330,000 sandbags were filled from these two depots which used approx. 7000 tonnes of sand! Ultimately many homes and a power station that fed the whole of the North with power were saved through this incredible effort.
This back breaking work went on for weeks, sometimes day and night, and as a result the town was saved from inundation.
It was heard said by many of the local’s that “if it wasn’t for the Brethren the town never would have been saved.