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King tides to hit Cairns from 25 September 2023

CAIRNS residents are being urged to prepare for the incoming king tides that will impact Cairns from Monday next week.

The king tides are expected Monday 25 September through to Saturday 30 September, with the peak predicted for Wednesday 27 September.

Cairns Regional Council has reminded motorists that tidal flooding is saltwater, which can damage cars on contact. Avoid parking cars in low-lying tidal areas and never drive through floodwaters.

Motorists should drive carefully and slowly, not only for the safety of road users and pedestrians, but to lessen the impact of bow waves, which can push water into nearby properties.

Council may close roads which are inundated by tidal flooding to prevent damage to private property.

Motorists are required to adhere to signs advising the road is closed and should find an alternative route until the road is reopened.

The impact of these king tides on low lying areas could be exacerbated by heavy rainfall.

King tide levels for Cairns are expected at the following times (other areas may vary):

  • Monday 25 September: 2.99m at 6.45pm
  • Tuesday 26 September: 3.16m at 7.25pm
  • Wednesday 27 September: 3.26m at 8.02pm
  • Thursday 28 September: 3.24m at 8.36pm
  • Friday 29 September: 3.10m at 9.08pm
  • Saturday 30 September: 2.85m at 9.39pm

Streets that are most likely to be impacted by king tides include:

·         Redden St, Portsmith

·         Tingira St, Portsmith

·         Liberty St, Portsmith

·         Walters St, Portsmith

·         Trawler Base Rd, Portsmith

·         Bramp Cl, Portsmith

·         Cook St, Portsmith

·         Fearnley St, Portsmith

·         Parts of Aumuller St (near Comport St), Portsmith

·         Spence St and the Esplanade intersection, Cairns City

·         Parts of Draper St (Hartley St to Kenny Street), Portsmith

·         Corner of Lily St and the Esplanade, Cairns North

Residents should also monitor the Bureau of Meteorology website for general information related to tide heights.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Encouraging international students to choose Cairns and Chalumbin Wind Farm redesigned.

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