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July 15, 2024

King tides to flood Ballina roads

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Rain and high tides over the coming days will lead to flooding of roads in Ballina Shire. 

Ballina Shire Council (BSC) are encouraging motorists to drive safely over the coming days with king tides leading to minor flooding of some local roads.

‘Where possible, motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and cyclists should avoid affected roadways. Salt water may affect maintenance of vehicle and bodywork,’ said a spokesperson for BSC.

The king tides will be occurring during the evening from Thursday 4 July through to Saturday 6 July 2024.

Roads likely to be affected by king tides and salt water 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
  • Tamarind Drive, Cumbalum

For road information visit livetraffic.com or phone Ballina Shire Council on 1300 864 444.

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  1. How is it Ballina Shire Council can’t realise there are only 2 king tides a year. Every time it rains for more than 3 days here and there’s a high tide suddenly it’s a king tide.
    Wake up, fix the drainage problems and stop making up unsubstantiated garbage to hide your incompetence.
    We pay ridiculous rates to be told such foolish garbage.
    Have some respect for those that pay your wages please.

  2. If it’s not raining then it’s water coming up the drains from a high river level. What do you think council can do?

  3. With a restriction to an 1.5 degree temp rise now virtually impossible (eventual lag to an aprox 3 metre sea level rise), on the road to a still aprox 3 degree rise ( with a lag to 10s of metres sea level rise), it is now inevitable that one day the ‘king tide’ wont recede, and low lying Ballina, and Byrons coastal and Highway connections witll be permanently under the sea – while both Councils still arent planning for this, and still allow development on what will be the bottom of the sea.

  4. Russ, come on old sock, it’s sea level rise mate, just ask the local green mob, they’ll set you straight every time. Seriously, it’s the river, should have continued to be dredged in the 70’s after the last sugar boat steamed over the bar, the 2022 floods would not have been quite so severe either. But just ask a green expert Johnny come lately from the big smoke, they know it all, does that sound like someone we all know and can’t stand?… .. .


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