Residents encouraged to take precautions ahead of king tides

Date published: 16 April 2019

Townsville residents in low-lying areas are being encouraged to take precautions ahead of predicted king tides this week.

King tides are expected on tomorrow and Thursday mornings – with a highest peak of 3.84m tomorrow morning around 7:30am.

Community Health and Environment Committee Chair Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said people should prepare for the tides.

“Residents in low-lying streets should move their valuables and cars to higher ground as salt water may flow in gutters and lower areas” Cr Greaney said.

“Suburbs such as South Townsville and Railway Estate may be impacted by flooding and the king tides could also affect Hanran Street and Ogden Street in the city.

“We’re asking people to observe any warnings and road closures – if you see floodwater on the road turn around and find another way to your destination.

“It’s important to remember that salt water can have a corrosive effect on your car’s components.

“Anyone new to the area should talk to neighbours to find out if your property is likely to be affected.”