Selangor flood alert for spring tide tomorrow

KLANG: Officials in five coastal districts have been told to make preparations for possible flooding because of higher tides tomorrow until Wednesday. Klang, Kuala Langat, Sepang, Kuala Selangor and Sabak Bernam districts are expected to be affected.

Tomorrow’s high tide is a spring tide, which a higher than usual tide occurring at full moon or new moon, when the alignment of the sun, moon and Earth exert a greater grativational force on the tides.

The tide will be at 5.42 metres high at 6.57am tomorrow; 5.42m at 7.37am on Monday ; 8:17am on Tuesday at 5.27m; and 5m at 8:58am on Wednesday, according to international tide tables. High tides for the rest of the month will be below 5m, dropping to 3.64m

The next spring tide will be at new moon at the end of the month, reaching 5.54m at 6:32am on Sept 30; 5.49m at 7.01am on Oct 1; and 5.30m at 7:45am on Oct 2.

Selangor Disaster Management Unit head Ahmad Fairuz Mohd Yusof said all the coastal districts have been instructed to be on high alert, according to NST Online.

He said the Drainage and Irrigation Department had reported that sea levees, burrow pits and river bunds have freeboard of 0.6m to 1.0m from the highest level of tide predicted.

The state government had given warning earlier about flood risks in 50 areas if rain and strong winds accompanied the spring tide.