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LOW-lying parts of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie got a taste of predicted sea level rises during Thuursday morning’s king tides.
Streets around Swansea Channel were inundated as the tide moved in just after 9am.
Several private jetties and breakwalls around the channel also went under.
In Newcastle, the water crept into the gutters around Wickham, Maryville and Carrington.
The 2.08 metre tide was a millimetre lower than the last major king tide to hit the region in January 2009.
Black Neds Bay resident Ken Hoff said he had seen the water reach higher than this morning’s high water mark.
‘‘It’s probably about three inches from where it’s reached in the past,’’ he said.
Green Cross Australia asked people to post their photos of the king tide on its website: http://www.witnesskingtides.org./
The website is part of a research project to visualise the potential future impacts of sea level rise.
A man appears to walk on water during the king tides at Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Darren Pateman
High tide at the cycleway near Swansea Bridge. Picture: Dean Osland
King tides under Cowper Street Bridge, Carrington. Picture: Darren Pateman
The boardwalk under Cowper Street Bridge, Carrington. Picture: Darren Pateman
Carrington boat ramp during Thursday's king tide. Picture: Darren Pateman
High tide in the harbour reaches the car park at Horseshoe Beach. Picture: Darren Pateman
Water laps one of the port buildings near the pilot station on Newcastle Harbour during Thursday's king tide. Picture: Darren Pateman
The king tide at Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle. Picture: Darren Pateman
The king tides takes up the whole beach at the Cowrie Hole, Newcastle. Picture: Darren Pateman
Ken Hoff, of Swansea, adjusts his mooring lines so his boat and jetty are not damaged under pressure from the king tides at Swansea. Picture: Dean Osland
Mathieson Street, Carrington, during the king tides on January 2. Picture: Darren Pateman