Sand, seawater and debris washed across the Esplanade as waves crashed over the Urangan seawall.
Sand, seawater and debris washed across the Esplanade as waves crashed over the Urangan seawall. Louise Holmes

Strong winds and king tide flood Esplanade at Urangan

THE Esplanade at Urangan was flooded with seawater on Saturday morning as strong winds pushed waves from a 4m king tide onto the road along with pavers and debris.

Hervey Bay police Duty Sergeant Paul Jervis said council staff erected traffic barriers and two police crews performed traffic duty and blocked Churchill and Elizabeth Sts.

He said police were called to the scene about 10.20am and stayed until about 1pm.

The tide topped 4m at 10.47am on Saturday and the high is predicted to be 3.8m at 11.35am on Sunday.

Sgt Jervis said there had been reports of children playing in the area where the waves were crashing over the seawall and onto the road and he urged residents to stay well away from the floodwaters.

He said seawater also entered the Seafront Oval in Pialba during the abnormally high tide.

About noon in Torquay, volunteers were sandbagging the beach in front of the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club after waves eroded the dunes.

When the tide receded, it left a 1m drop in front of the club and volunteers had to prop up the plastic boardwalk.