Prepare for king tides from tomorrow

Published: 06 Mar 2020

King tides will be experienced in Cairns from tomorrow until Wednesday (11 March), peaking on Monday (9 March).

Avoid parking cars in low-lying tidal areas and never drive through floodwaters.

Motorists are reminded that tidal flooding is saltwater, which can cause damage to cars that come in contact.

Motorists are urged to 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 adjacent properties.

Roads that could be affected in the Cairns city and Portsmith include The Esplanade, Marlin Parade, Fearnley Street, Tingira Street, Liberty Street, Redden Street, Aumuller Street and Elphinstone Close.

Council advises that traffic controls and detours will be in place where roads are inundated by tidal floodwaters.

The risk of localised tidal flooding may also be increased by heavy rainfall in the catchment.

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

  • 3.24m at 7.54am on Saturday 7 March
  • 3.41m at 8.33am on Sunday 8 March
  • 3.48m at 9.10am on Monday 9 March
  • 3.43m at 9.46am on Tuesday 10 March
  • 3.26m at 10.22am on Wednesday 11 March
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Last updated: 06 March 2020