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Flooding Closures, Delays Along Oregon Coast Highway 101 at Seaside, Neskowin, Coos Bay / UPDATES

Published 12/05/23 a 6:15 p.m. - Updated 12/05/23 a 7:07 p.m.
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Flooding Closures, Delays Along Oregon Coast Highway 101 at Seaside, Neskowin, Coos Bay / UPDATES

(Seaside, Oregon) – Flood issues abound on the Oregon coast as of early Tuesday evening, as various delays dot Highway 101 from Seaside down to Coos Bay. (Photo of flooding at Seaside, courtesy Angi D. Wildt Gallery)

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UPDATE: The major closure happened early this morning at Seaside, and as of 6 p.m. is officially back open.

UPDATES: Flooding at coastal state parks.

At MP 22.5 – 25, about two miles south of Seaside, major flooding has taken over this part of the main highway of the north Oregon coast. High water issues started in the overnight hours, as flooding hit by 4 a.m., according to Seaside's Angi Wildt.

Until early evening there was no way between Cannon Beach and Seaside.

“U.S. 101 between Seaside and the junction with U.S. 26 closed due to high water Tuesday morning, Dec. 5,” ODOT said. “There is no local detour is available. Heavy rain is expected all this week. We will monitor the water level in this area 24/7 and open the highway here when possible -- first to high-clearance vehicles such as commercial trucks, then, once the water has receded enough, to other vehicles.”

There were for a time some conflicting reports, however, that the highway had been opened as of 4:50 p.m., but ODOT's updates just confirmed it as of 6:15 p.m.

Continue to check Tripcheck.com for updates as high tides may force more closures.


Flooding in Seaside, photo courtesy ODOT

One mile south of Neskowin there is another delay as of early afternoon Tuesday, happening right about MP 97.8.

ODOT said “High water has the highway closed to north bound traffic. North bound traffic will be detoured. The highway is open to south bound traffic only. Highway is open to one lane of traffic and is being controlled by pilot car, use caution.”

There is an estimated time of delay of 20 minutes up to two hours.


Flooding at Neskowin - ODOT

Three miles north of Seal Rock there is more high water – happening about MP 148. You may get delayed up to 20 minutes.

At Highway 6 right outside of Tillamook, flooding has closed an area there. ODOT says there is a detour with signage that directs you.

Farther down on the south Oregon coast at Coos Bay, MP 239.5 has a major delay due to high water. That spot is two miles south of town.

UPDATES: Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) said there is substantial flooding at some Oregon coast state parks, including Coos Bay's Sunset Bay (pictured here).

"There is flooding in several parks; including Cape Lookout, Sunset Bay & Willamette Mission. Your safety is our priority. We've implemented partial and full closures. Please check the state park webpage for up-to-date alert."

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Andre' GW Hagestedt is editor, owner and primary photographer / videographer of Oregon Coast Beach Connection, an online publication that sees over 1 million pageviews per month. He is also author of several books about the coast.

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