King Tide Looms for Weary Brisbane

Residents in low-lying areas of Brisbane are once again nervous about flooding ahead of today’s king tide.

The king tide will occur mid-morning and affect the flood-swollen Brisbane River and tidal creeks.

The council is warning residents in riverside, bayside and low-lying suburbs that they may have to sandbag.

Residents breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when the bureau cancelled its severe thunderstorm warning for the city.

But some were still nervous about what the king tide could do just days after they had cleaned up from last week’s near record flood peak in the Brisbane River.

Weather bureau spokesman Brett Harrison says the tide today will be slightly higher than yesterday.

“Still expecting less than what we saw during December but it still is the highest tide of the year based on astronomical calculations,” he said.

“Still expecting most of those low-lying suburbs that do receive some inundation during normal king tides to still see that during today, but certainly less than what we saw a few weeks ago.”

The clean-up from the flood is still continuing around the city.

The council says there will not be a formal volunteer program this weekend like the scheme that drew more than 20,000 volunteers last weekend.

Instead it is asking residents to adopt a park this weekend and get it cleaned up in time for Australia Day celebrations.

Meanwhile, on the Sunshine Coast, the biggest tide is expected just after 9am (AEST).

Sunshine Coast Regional Council spokesman Denis Shaw says the swell has not caused any significant damage.

“So far on the waterways we’ve had no impact and we’re not expecting any major dramas over the next day or so,” he said.

“They probably will top a little bit but nothing out of the ordinary.

“There’s a little bit of scarping down at Currimundi but nothing major.”

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