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8 January, 2021

Prepare for king tides

King tides will be experienced in Cairns from Monday (11 January) peaking on Wednesday (13 January).

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

Motorists are reminded that tidal flooding is saltwater, which can damage cars on 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.

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

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

·         Monday: 3.15m at 8.24am

·         Tuesday: 3.25m at 9.06am

·         Wednesday: 3.26m at 9.45am

·         Thursday: 3.19m at 10.25am

·         Friday: 3.05m at 11.03am

There will be further king tides at the end of January.

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