King tides cause flooding: Pics, Video

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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:

The website is part of a research project to visualise the potential future impacts of sea level rise.

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