High tide level again predicted for Firth of Thames tonight, flooding unlikely


6 June 2012, 11:00 AM

Monitoring of conditions on the Firth of Thames by Waikato Civil Defence indicates that this evening's high tide will again be higher than normal but lower than experienced last night.

This means tidal flooding like that experienced in January 2011 is unlikely.

The higher-than-normal water level is due to the combination of a king tide, the weather system bringing strong north easterly winds and a storm surge.

Residents in low-lying coastal areas should still remain vigilant given the abnormally high tides that are occurring. If immediate assistance is required people should contact emergency services via 111.

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