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High tide to compound Gold Coast beach erosion

By Charmaine Kane, Wednesday February 27, 2013 - 08:08 EDT
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Debris resulting from days of storms and bad weather covers Main Beach on February 25. - Audience submitted

The highest tide of the month on Queensland's Gold Coast is expected to add to problems on the city's eroded beaches.

A tide of 1.61 metres is expected at the Gold Coast Seaway just after 8:30am (AEST).

Gold Coast City Council crews are using heavy machinery to clear debris and level sand cliffs up to four metres high.

The council says the worst erosion is between Miami and Main Beach, with viewing platforms, beach fencing and access ways damaged.

Shark nets have been removed from waters off the Gold Coast to prevent their coming adrift and posing a hazard in strong seas.

However, the Gold Coast is no longer included in the severe weather warning for south-east Queensland.

The weather bureau says the wet weather is likely to continue for a couple of days but the heaviest rainfall recorded in the past 24 hours was 53 millimetres at Upper Springbrook, with 12mm over the Hinze Dam.

Seqwater spokesman Mike Foster says the Hinze and Little Nerang dams are spilling but there is no concern about flooding.

"At the moment it is just a tick over 5 per cent over full supply, so no impact in terms of flooding downstream," he said.

"Given some of the forecasts we have got over the next 24 hours, at least we are not expecting that to increase dramatically but certainly the Hinze and Little Nerang will continue to spill this week and well into next week.

"The design of the spillway effectively allows us to cut the outflows by 50 per cent on any given event ... that certainly occurred this time around and we'd expect that design to continue to operate that way on bigger falls.

"While we are hopeful we are not going to get those larger falls, we can certainly cope with it."


© ABC 2013

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