Dubbo-based contractor Maas Group used two of its Komatsu PC200 excavators to build a levee or "dry moat" surrounding its workshop and yard to keep floodwaters at bay during the severe flooding that affected NSW's Central West during early December.
Owner Wes Maas said the two machines "worked 30 hours straight" to build the 5 m high levee, which was completed in time, and prevented any flooding and related damage to the workshop and equipment in the yard -- worth about $1.2 million.
Once the flooding arrived, getting to work required a boat, with company crews remaining on site until the floodwaters receded to monitor the pumps put in place to remove rising groundwater.
Wes was grateful that he had the equipment, expertise and resources available to protect his business and assets. ''I don't want to put the wrong spin on it though. There are probably plenty of people worse off than me,'' he toldThe Sydney Morning Herald.