Big waves attract a crowd as Boyne car park washes away
ONLOOKERS went down to see the waves crash over the Boyne River car park on Saturday morning as a high tide, only 30cm less than Friday's king tide, peaked at about 10am.
The car park was extensively damaged by the wind and tidal surge with parts of the concrete border and bitumen breaking off and washing away.
Long-time residents Gary and Ann Wigg said they had never seen the water come up so high, and erosion from last year's January floods had caused the slope of the beach to drop by half a metre.
Residents said the water now came right up to the shoreline where there used to be a pathway to the beach about 30m long.
On Friday Boyne River residents were less impressed by the sight of the waves which came close to flooding several houses.
Jeannette Matslofva said she has been lobbying the local council since 2008 to provide her with building guidelines for a retaining wall that would save her property from flood damage.
The king tide on Friday flooded her front veranda and came within 15cm of washing into her house - levels even higher than last year's Australia Day floods.
Gladstone received 104.2mm of rain over the weekend, with 97.4mm falling on Saturday.
The conditions were expected to ease over the coming days as the high tide dropped back to 4.5m and the low-pressure system from associated with ex-tropical Cyclone Dylan weakened.
Concerns were no longer held for ex-Tropical Cyclone Edna, which was downgraded to a tropical low on Sunday morning.