Tuesday, February 27, 2024

King tides expected to flood Carolina Beach areas

A blocked off side street between Canal Drive and Carolina Beach Avenue North in Carolina Beach after a recent storm. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

CAROLINA BEACH — According to the N.C. King Tides project, high tides are expected along the shoreline in the coming week. King tides represent the highest and lowest of tides throughout the year and happen when the moon is closest to the earth.

From June 12-16, an extreme rise in tide levels are expected to impact the beach and possibly roads, especially in low-lying areas. Officials have reminded drivers on Carolina Beach to be cautious of affected streets — Canal Drive, Florida Avenue, Winner Avenue, and Carolina Beach Avenue North.

Individuals should beware that some roads may be closed to traffic and avoid walking or driving on flooded streets. The Carolina Beach Police noted in a social media post Sunday that officers would issue $250 citations to anyone driving around barricades and through flooded areas.

The N.C. King Tide Project keeps records of the shoreline in order to track changes and understand how rising sea levels affect coastal communities. The public is encouraged to turn in pictures they may capture of king tide events, with more information available here.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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