FLOOD THREAT: North Qld warned as king tide to hit 4.11m
- King tide will peak at 4.11m at 9.03am in Townsville
- Suburbs at risk: South Townsville, Railway Estate and CBD
- Some roads may be flooded
THE highest kind tide of the year could inundate low lying suburbs of Townsville and emergency services are on alert.
The Townsville king tide will hit its peak of 4.11m today at 9.03am.
Maritime Safety Queensland has issued a warning to boaties and residents in low-lying properties ahead of today's king tide.
Townsville Disaster Information issued a warning yesterday saying potential flood zones include South Townsville, Railway Estate, and along Hanran St and Ogden St in the CBD.
A spokesman for Townsville Disaster Information warned some rods may be closed due to flooding and urged people to remain vigilant.
Maritime Safety Queensland general manager Patrick Quirk said tides were a regular event for experienced local boaties but novices and visitors may be caught out by the wider tidal margins, especially when launching and retrieving," said
"This is especially the case in our more northerly ports. Townsville is predicted to reach a highest tide (today at 9.03am) of 4.11 metres with Cairns hitting 3.47 metres about half an hour later."
Today's king tide coincides with a rare lunar event: a blue, blood, super moon.
Townsville City Council has begun spraying for mosquitoes after an increase in hatchlings was discovered after recent rain across the city.
Residents can also expect higher than normal tides with king tides expected throughout the week which may cause mosquito numbers to continue to peak.
Health and Environment Committee Chair Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said ground treatments will be conducted in areas with large amounts of larvae.
"Council monitors mosquito populations carefully during rain and tide events, and we will continue to treat problem zones throughout the week after the tide recedes," she said.
"We ask residents to take precautions to protect themselves from being bitten- cover up when outside, use repellent and mosquito coils to keep them away."
Aerial treatments will begin on Wednesday after the king tide with a possibility for a follow-up later in the week.
Council will also continue to monitor the king tide's for potential flooding in low-lying areas; the tide will peak at 4.11m on Wednesday morning and will reach 4m until Friday.
Deputy for the Disaster Management Group Cr Kurt Rehbein has encouraged residents to remain cautious when travelling in potential flood areas.
"We will watch low-lying areas that may be prone to flooding, but I would like to remind motorists to be watchful when driving during the king tides," Cr Rehbein said.
"This flood waters are not from a freshwater source, salt water can be damaging to vehicles and we always recommend staying away from flooded roads."
Potential flood zones include South Townsville, Railway Estate, and along Hanran St and Ogden St in the CBD.