Self-described Narooma “tide watcher” Greg Watts has been out and about photographing the king tide at Narooma today, December 6.
Today’s high tide was influenced by the supermoon but fortunately forecast flooding from past two days’ heavy rainfall did not eventuate.
It was a “perfect storm” combination of a king tide and heavy rainfall that caused widespread destruction around the Narooma Flat on June 5, 2016.
But even so, Mr Watts said the king tide today was impacting on foreshore infrastructure including recent shoring up work on Lewis Island, undertaken by the community.
“The supermoon king tide is silently inundating the Narooma foreshore,” Mr Watts said the peak of the tide on Wednesday. “These are going to be the ‘normal’ tides of a global warming future.”
Mr Watts believes sea level rise is starting to impact on infrastructure around the Narooma foreshore and suggests planners should be incorporating consideration of sea level rise into construction works.
Graham Peachey from the Narooma Boats Afloat traditional boat festival meanwhile did send in some photographs of his jetty on Forsters Bay going under in the high tide and heavy rain the day before on Tuesday, December 5.
“Jetty underwater but the boat is still afloat!” he said.
Mr Watts meanwhile said more inundation could be on the way with two more supermoon generated tides expected in January 2018.