180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Oregon Coast Begins Massive Recovery Effort
|Cannon Beach during a recent storm
(Oregon Coast) – The flood waters and the wind may
have subsided along the Oregon coast, but residents and tourism businesses
there are still struggling with primitive conditions caused by a lack
of phone service and no power.
It will likely still be a day to a few days before most
of the Oregon coast is back up to running normally, but even then there’s
sizable damage to deal with.
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongowski has declared some of Oregon
a disaster area, especially the Vernonia area in the coast range, where
flooding has inundated the majority of that town.
|Interesting storm debris - like this famous one at Lincoln City
back in the 90's - will be abundant in the coming days
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As of Tuesday night, Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita
and Rockaway are still without power. Parts of the Tillamook area and
Lincoln City have been restored. Depoe Bay had electricity again as of
late Monday night.
Newport never really lost its power.
Phone service was restored to the Manzanita, Wheeler and
Nehalem area, which run through a different company called Nehalemtel.
Phone service is apparently back in Rockaway and Lincoln City as well,
but power outages there may be preventing people from answering calls
The roads to the coast still have their problems. Highway
6 has been completely open since Monday, and although Highway 26 was reopened
on Tuesday, a sinkhole about 30 miles west of Portland has closed it again.
|Highway 6, between Portland and Tillamook, has been open since Monday
Along Highway 53, near Nehalem, roommates Dave Sip and
Dave Stewart said the PUD told them power may still be out for a week
in their area. Stewart said he was just in the middle of discussing shower
options with the other housemates: they may have access to other people’s
homes that have generators.
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“We’ve got the fireplace here, but it’s
also been really warm today,” Stewart said.
Even though their home sits right on the banks of the Nehalem
River – about 12 miles from Manzanita – Sip and Stewart said
there was no flooding there.
Sip runs his own tree-trimming business and has been extremely
busy cutting fallen trees that have fallen on people’s homes.
|Seaside should be lit up with holiday decorations, but they're dark
for another day or two
“There was one guy where the tree fell on his house
and he couldn’t get out,” Sip said. “I guess he was
in there for an hour, calling for help, but no one could hear him.”
Sip cut apart many trees on Tuesday. While he and others
in his field are not allowed to touch trees near power lines, he could
see the major task electrical workers had in store for them. “I
could see a lot of downed power poles, and even some transformers in people’s
There was at least one fatality in the Nehalem Bay area.
A woman in a black pickup on Highway 53 was swept away by floodwaters.
Rescuers gave up the search for her at dusk on Tuesday. Another person
has reportedly gone missing in the flood there, although that has not
been confirmed by authorities.
|Storms often leave interesting objects, such as this massive pile
of bull kelp (photo Tiffany Boothe)
In Depoe Bay, Trollers Lodge owner Peg Leoni emailed BeachConnection.net
around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, proclaiming the power had just come back
on. She too incurred damage during the storm.
“Our big sign fried when a 7500-volt wire broke and
smacked it,” Leoni said. “We're all ok.”
In towns like Lincoln City and Seaside, where the power
has been out a while, restaurants and markets have begun losing their
inventory of food.
City Vacation Homes
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In Seaside and Nehalem, there were enormous lines at gas
stations, as residents and stranded tourists tried to get enough gas to
get home or for their generators. Some stations were rationing gas to
$5 per purchase.
Stewart said he filled up on Sunday before the storm hit.
His housemate Sip said he saw a tanker truck at the gas station in Nehalem
on Sunday and on Tuesday. “So they’re getting supplied,”
he said. “Gas is getting through and not running out. I even checked
the price on the sign and it was still $3.20 a gallon.”
Some readers have emailed BeachConnection.net with questions.
One man had a reservation at the SurfSand Resort in Cannon Beach for Wednesday,
but couldn’t get through. He also wondered if power was back yet.
|Big storms sometimes change the landscape,
like here in Oceanside, where tides tore apart an arch several years
ago, turning it into two sea stacks (in the distance)
Tourism experts say there will be a bright side to all
this in a few days. Once power and phone service are back to normal in
most of the coastal towns, this will be an excellent time to run out to
the beaches to see the many, often historic changes. Visitors will be
able to photograph some of the wild damage to the area, which is predicted
to be some of the worst in decades. Beachcombing will be especially intriguing,
as large storm always churn up interesting finds on the beaches.
There will likely be some sizable changes to many beaches
along the Oregon coast. Sand levels could be scoured to awe-inspiring,
lower levels, leaving some spectacular oddities and ancient structures
visible. Storm surges likely changed the shape of various rock and cliff
structures as well.
Stay tuned to BeachConnection.net for more of these
discoveries over the next few days.
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family
vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with
over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection
of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses
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City and overlooking the beach, with some in Depoe Bay. All kinds
of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces,
beamed ceilings and more. Some are new, some are historic charmers.
Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
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171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
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Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
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decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
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at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south
end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by
the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family fun and beach
strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering
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Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly.
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Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
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breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select
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