King Tide floods - Barney Point. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
King Tide floods - Barney Point. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA310114FRNT

Waves from king tide and cyclone cause problems for some

THE highest tide of the year, along with strong winds and swell brought by ex-tropical cyclone Dylan, caused localised flooding at Barney Point Beach and erosion in parts of the Boyne River yesterday.

Onlookers came in droves to see the waves break over the Barney Point Beach at around 9.30am as the king tide peaked at 4.8m.

However, Boyne River residents were less impressed by the sight of the waves, which washed away part of the Boyne River car park and 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.

Yesterday, the king tide flooded her front veranda and came within 15cm of washing into her house - levels even higher than last year's Australia Day floods.

"We had waves breaking over the veranda with quite a lot of debris washed up from the river," she said.

"The last two weeks I have been really pushing (council) because I knew with the high tide, and especially if we were going to get a cyclone, it could be disastrous."

With almost a metre of top soil washed away, Ms Matslofva spent yesterday sandbagging her home against the next high tide which is expected to peak at 4.73m around 10am today.



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