Canal Drive Experiencing Flooding During Lunar Tides

Long time residents are familiar with tidal flooding along Canal Drive in Carolina Beach. In recent years, that flooding has become more common. (Photo: Susan Foy.) Long time residents are familiar with tidal flooding along Canal Drive in Carolina Beach. In recent years, that flooding has become more common. (Photo: Susan Foy.)

Canal Drive Experiencing Flooding During Lunar Tides Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 23 September 2020 03:55

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH -    Canal Drive once again flooded due to lunar high tides and strong weather conditions last week. Long time residents are familiar with the regular occurrence of flooding along that major city street but that familiarity doesn't eliminate the frustration and inconvenience those flood waters bring.
In recent years the Town has taken steps to control traffic during times of tidal flooding including stop-arm gates and barricades to prevent vehicles from driving through flood waters and causing a wake that washes up into residential properties.
The Council formed a committee several years ago which produced evolving proposals.
A major focus of the proposals is to require property owners with existing bulkheads to maintain those structures. In cases where those bulkheads do not meet a set of
standards, future legislation - if approved - would allow the Town to require property owners to bring those structures up to current standards adopted by Council."
The Town has a program to monitor lunar tides. The King Tide Project is an international initiative to document extreme high tide events using photos.  These photos can help us visualize how "normal" high tides could look in the future due to sea-level-rise
which will impact local resources and community investments.  Images shared can be used to track how future shoreline changes in addition to the existing shorelines.
The Town of Carolina Beach has partnered with the UNC Institute for Marine Science (IMS) to gather tidal data in Myrtle Grove Sound.
The Town began seeking volunteers in 2018 to help read tidal gauges at several locations. The gauges were recently installed as part of the "King Tides Project".
According to Assistant Town Manager Ed Parvin, "IMS has installed a tidal gauge at the south end of the Town Marina.  The Town has committed to reading this tidal gauge daily anytime between 11am and 1pm.  This is where we need your help." Citizens can visit the Town's web site at www.carolinabeach.org and sign up to volunteer to read gauges installed at the Carolina Beach Town Marina on Canal Drive, Sandpiper Lane, and Carolina Beach State Park.
What is the King Tides Project? According to the King Tides web site at http://nckingtides.web.unc.edu the King Tides Project is an international initiative to document extreme high tide events using photos.
Photos can help them visualize how “normal” high tides could look in the future due to sea-level rise. From these images and readings from tidal gauges they can create a record of how the shoreline looks today and track future changes.
By visualizing these higher tide events they can start to understand how rising sea-levels will impact local resources and community investments
What are king tides?
King tides are the highest high and lowest low tide events of the year. They are regular and predictable events that occur when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are in alignment and the Moon is at its closest point to the Earth
These condition cause extreme highs and lows during the daily tidal cycle
According to IMS, North Carolina is interesting because for  many of us living in coastal North Carolina, flooding is a normal part of life. The coast here is very flat, and tides, heavy rain events, and even wind play an important role in determining water levels
IMS are not only asking for photos of tidal-related events, but also encourage participants to share photos of any flooding or high water events they observe.
If you have any questions, please contact Ed Parvin at (910) 458-2526 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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