FLOODING on the corner of Foote Street and River Esplanade yesterday is expected to worsen this morning forcing closure of River Esplanade between 8am and 9am.
FLOODING on the corner of Foote Street and River Esplanade yesterday is expected to worsen this morning forcing closure of River Esplanade between 8am and 9am.

Wild surf, high tides to close roads this morning

LARGE and powerful surf would batter Sunshine Coast beaches again today driven by winds in coastal waters reaching up to 55km/h ahead of the highest tide of the year.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a strong wind warning and cautioned conditions would be hazardous for all coastal activities.

The 2.17m high at Mooloolaba at 8.43am was expected to cause flooding of some low-lying parks and force temporary and partial closure of streets in Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore between 8-9am.

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesperson said roadways such as Bradman Ave in Maroochydore, River Esplanade at Mooloolaba and Tay Ave in Caloundra would incur some inundation and require temporary and partial closures.

"Sea water can be expected to push up drains in low lying areas such as Golden Beach," the spokesperson said.

"Drivers, boat owners and people swimming and surfing in the ocean should be vigilant at all times.

"It is not expected that residents' homes will be impacted."

Boat ramps and trailer parking areas were also expected to experience some inundation.

The council's coastal engineers would monitor local beaches for erosion with some beaches expected to be closed through the high tide particularly.

In Noosa, council disaster manager Alan Rogers said it was thought the now south easterly swell direction was unlikely to cause a surge with the potential to put water over Gympie Terrace in Noosaville.

Water yesterday backed up at the morning 1.3m high tide flooding a section of the corner of River Esplanade and Foote St in Mooloolaba and flooding parking bays on both sides of River Esplanade.

Denis Pointon of Cruising Maroochy said water had also flowed up onto Bradman Ave through storm water drains west of the Sunshine Motorway bridge but reached no further than the gutter.

The BoM predicted an easterly to south-easterly swell from 1.5m-2.5m would decrease to 1.5m by early this evening while a second southerly swell off shore would be in the mix.

Swan Boat Hire operator Mark Planck said the combination of wind and swell at the top of the tide would create a lot of push in the Maroochy River.

"There's a huge amount of unpredictable water in the river," he said.

"It's pushing up into normally dryer areas releasing debris on the bank and logs into the mix.

"Anyone boating, swimming, kayaking or fishing needs to take care."


United front to fight for long term water security

United front to fight for long term water security

The two councils have come together to form the collaboration.

$16 million to target diseases

$16 million to target diseases

Tackling pests and diseases together

Local Partners