King tides arriving ahead of Auckland Anniversary weekend 17 January 2019 We have another set of red alert king tides next week between 21 and 27 January, coinciding with the holiday long weekend. King tides are the highest tides that occur over the course of the year. In our district the chance of flooding and inundation, and road closures, is increased if a king tide coincides with a large amount of rain. But with the fine weather forecast to continue, our emergency managers are not raising any concerns at this time. “The weather looks like it is going to behave with a high covering our part of the country for most of the week, so it's just a monitoring presence by Civil Defence,” says Garry Towler, our Civil Defence Controller. MetService shows a high over the Coromandel during this period, with the chance of rain and overcast weather on Wednesday 24 January. Holiday makers are advised to to keep up-to-date with information on the weather and roads around the district, and always be prepared by keeping a getaway kit in you car. The king tides will be: Above: MetService Thames king tides. NIWA red alert tide calendars are available from their website here. Particularly high tides eventuate when a new or full moon occurs at the same time as the moon is at its closest to the earth (in its perigee). You can read more here. How to stay up to date: Weather updates: MetService. State Highways (SH25, SH25A, SH26 in the Coromandel) - NZTA. You can also call NZTA on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) for traffic and travel information. You can also use their journey-planning website www.onthemove.govt.nz to plan the best route for your journey, taking into account known issues and traffic on state highways. Council roads - We will post regular updates on our Council's Facebook page as well as on our website and email newsletters. If you see an issue that needs attention, call us on 07 868 0200. Local radio - Check stations and frequencies here. Red Cross Hazards App - alerts about hazards. Download from the App Store or Google Play. Emergency Mobile Alert - these can be sent to your mobile phone, without needing to download an app or sign up. Check if your phone is capable of receiving them, here. Fire ban - Even if it rains, there is still a total fire ban in place. See www.checkitsalright.nz for more information. Water restrictions - The rain should help replenish reservoirs and water tanks, but being our busy summer period we may have some water restrictions in place. See what restrictions apply on our website www.tcdc.govt.nz/water. Waikato Regional Council has set up an online hub for rainfall and flood-related information to help people more easily keep up to date with severe weather events in the region. It can be found here. Also follow Waikato Civil Defence on Facebook here and check out their website for updates here. Know your neighbours - phone each other in an emergency, especially vulnerable people, to check if they're OK. To report a power outage, contact Powerco or your provider. For more on these channels, and other information about staying informed in emergencies, go to the Civil Defence "Never Happens" website.