Ballina Shire Council is encouraging motorists to drive safely over the next few days with king tides expected to lead to minor flooding of some local roads.
Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to avoid any affected roadways wherever possible.
A Council spokesperson said drivers should be especially careful, with the tides occurring during the evenings
‘Salt water may affect the maintenance of your vehicle and bodywork,’ the spokesperson added.
Roads likely to be affected by king tides and saltwater flooding include: Tamar Street, Ballina; Riverside Drive, West Ballina; River Street, West Ballina; Burns Point Ferry Road, West Ballina; North Creek Road, North Ballina; Southern Cross Drive, North Ballina; Uralba Road, Uralba; Old Bangalow Road, Tintenbar; and Tamarind Drive, Cumbalum
Hmmm, King tides cause flooding – add a bit of storm surge and a modicum of sea level rise under climate change – challenging to say the least. I think Ballinites should be very loud in their efforts to get the Australian Government to take very positive action to minimise emissions.
Ballina has a competent Shire Council that has provided comprehensive maps that show the combined impact of storm surge, tides and rain on lower lying areas. Most Ballina homeowners are well aware as it affects their insurance. The evidence from neighbouring shires is that those who are loudest in telling the governments what to do are less effective than Ballina Council has been in maintaining its own environment, in promoting low emitting active transport, and avoiding the high energy required to rebuild poorly maintained road and other infrastructure. .