Nathaniel Fuller, a local 12 year old, ducking for cover as the king tide batters the Urangan seawall on Friday.
Nathaniel Fuller, a local 12 year old, ducking for cover as the king tide batters the Urangan seawall on Friday. Brendan Bufi

Winds pose new threat to Esplanade

A TIDAL surge was predicted to inundate low-lying areas in Hervey Bay with northerly winds expected to be a danger for shops and homes on the Esplanade.

Calm weather during Friday morning's high tide did little more than splash water over the Urangan sea wall.

However, a large storm surge and predicted northerly winds last night was the main concern of infrastructure councillor Trevor McDonald.

"The northerly winds will be our greatest enemy," he said.

Cr McDonald said those winds would probably continue to lash the coast on Saturday and Sunday.

Businesses on the esplanade have been prepared for days with sandbags protecting the front of many.

Whitney Mitchell Real Estate partner Scott Mitchell was sandbagging his business as water lapped on the rockwall across the road during yesterday morning's high tide.

"It won't take much for it to get over the esplanade," he said.

"In (Ex-Tropical Cyclone) Oswald the water came across. You've got to be prepared."

Cr McDonald said the council's caravan parks on the esplanade were looking safe and geo-textile sandbags at Torquay were only just being exposed.

The council did a sand push on Thursday which he said would have protected them.

At the Beachfront Tourist Park in Burrum Heads on Friday manager Peter James spent the morning mowing lawns.

He said while most campers had left, those that remained were relaxed in preparation for today's events.

"It might blow and it might rain a bit but it won't be too bad," he said.