Nov 16, 2016 1:02 PM
Hampton still under water as king tides continue to flood NH's Seacoast
HAMPTON — King tides reached its peak Tuesday, but the Wednesday tides are still keeping neighborhoods flooded in the Back Bay section of Hampton.
This naturally occurring high tide Tuesday, coincident with this week's supermoon, was the highest tide of the year at 10.9 feet.
Water is finally starting to stop coming in Hampton Harbor NH pic.twitter.com/Au88zJpSsJ— Joel Albair (@nepatsfan57) November 16, 2016
Donna Newman, a Hampton resident, described the water rise from these very high tides as occurring quickly, "at one point, you can look out and see a tiny little trickle, and then all of the sudden your whole front yard is flooded."
These king tides do not necessarily result in high surf. Even without the large waves, the very high water level floods low-lying, susceptible areas. However, if a storm occurs during high tide or there have been days of an onshore wind, rough surf can cause more of a problem with splash over and erosion at the beaches.
Wednesday's high tide occurred just after noon.