Mayor urges residents to be prepared for flooding

WITH the Gladstone Region about to cop king tides and damaging winds, Gladstone Regional Council is reminding the community to be prepared, not complacent.

Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group chairwoman Gail Sellers said morning high tides were expected to reach 4.77m at 9.30am on Friday and 4.73m at 10.15am on Saturday.

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"These are predicted to be the highest tides of the year and not far below Gladstone's posted highest astronomical tide of 4.83m," Cr Sellers said.

Thursday's high tide was up to 20cm above tidal predictions, depending on where, with risk of flooding in some low-lying areas, she said.

"Residents living in low-lying areas should be proactive and have sandbags on hand, which are available from hardware stores," Cr Sellers said.

However, the council has placed sand and sandbags at the Wyndham Park end of Island Esplanade at Boyne Island for those nearby at greatest risk of flooding.

Cr Sellers said winds were predicted to remain between 25-30 knots over the coming days with gusts of up to 100km/h hour.



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