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.
(Seaside, Oregon) - The third day of normal Pacific Northwest
living dawned this morning in sunshine, and coastal residents are beginning
to clean up the storm-battered pieces of their houses, cars, and lives.
Every street in Seaside is packed with road crews hauling away fallen
trees and neighbors checking on one another.
There is a palpable relief present in the normalcy of people
heading to their first Monday morning workday since the end of the blackout.
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The days since the storm have provided personal insights
for many coastal residents. For me, the introspection has affected my
life permanently, and it has been a largely positive change.
just moved to the coast from Colorado three months ago, I was incapable
of imagining the magnitude of the storm and the community aftereffects.
I’d seen enough snow fall in three hours to obliterate my front
door in Colorado, and it hadn’t been a big deal. With this mindset,
I approached warnings of the impending storm last Sunday night with unconcerned
apathy. I figured I’d watch the rain, play a few sentimental card
games by candlelight for an hour or two, and relish the enforced rest
That was before my living room window was sucked out by
the wind during the night, making nearby household objects fly about as
if they were inside a blender. It was before the shed in the yard and
the surrounding fence collapsed as if a bomb had gone off. It was before
the floor, damp and dilapidated, gave way beneath my feet, causing me
to shatter three ribs as I fell through it.
events scared me a great deal at the time, and I spent much of Sunday
night wishing as hard as I could that the winds would abate, and that
the storm would disappear. I was in pain, and shocked by the storm’s
violence against which I had such negligible power. When daylight returned,
however, I saw that I was less affected by the storm’s turbulence
than many. Two houses away from my own, a large tree had cleanly bisected
my neighbor’s place, and another had smashed the car parked in her
driveway. Reports flooded in of people who were unable to reach their
family or loved ones and who were unsure of their welfare.
I was fortunate in that I knew where my family was; I share
a house with my sister, Katy, and she was fine. The rest of my family
lives outside of the storm-affected area.
Alex Chandler didn’t have the same comfort. Away
at college in Portland, she read a BeachConnection.net report containing
a quote from her father, Keith Chandler. He had been quoted saying that
the town resembled Hiroshima.
What was once a greenhouse now covers a
Manzanita yard in pieces
“It was really nerve-wracking to see my dad’s
name on Google news and not to be able to contact anyone in all of Clatsop
County,” she said. “It was just so scary; I had no idea what
Alex drove home as soon as the roads opened, and was relieved
to find that her father and the rest of her family were just fine. Keith
was only a little tired from a six-day vigil at his Seaside
Aquarium, where he awoke every two hours during the entirety of the
blackout to refuel the backup generator for his fish tanks and insure
that none of the Aquarium’s sea life was threatened.
The Chandler family’s story mirrors that of many
coastal residents as well as my own. There were several tense, worried
hours, followed by an influx of community support and a citywide recuperative
Storm debris fills a Cannon Beach access
“The community really came together,” said
Keith Chandler. “Some local restaurants, instead of losing their
food, donated it to the church for people who didn’t have any food.
The guys at the fire department just worked their tails off around the
clock for people who had emergencies.”
Ryan Giefer, a volunteer firefighter for the Seaside Fire
Department, estimated that he went out on approximately 50 calls. “People
would stay up for a couple of days at the fire department. We all worked
and slept on shifts. We got a lot of calls from people who said a tree
was about to fall on their house, so we’d go and cut it down before
it did,” he said.
Now that the storm over, the vast community effort has
made me realize that I have learned more about Seaside in the past week
than I had in three months. Despite the shock of the storm and the financial
and emotional upheaval it has caused, the most important residual impression
I am left with is gratitude for the neighbors and friends I am lucky to
"Now that the storm over, the vast
community effort has made me realize that I have learned more about
Seaside in the past week than I had in three months"
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Every day of the storm, friends stopped by with food and
to keep my sister and me company. Staff at the Seaside Aquarium offered
us hot showers with their generator-powered capabilities, and gas for
our car when there was none to be found in Seaside. My neighbor Vic Cook
boarded up our broken window so we could keep heat in the house. Our landlords,
Eva and Ben Millikan, gave us complete understanding and free rent even
though parts of their house had been demolished. The ER staff at Seaside
Providence Hospital was kind and efficient even with a full waiting room
and only generator power.
I am unsure that such support and care would have been
available in a larger city, but I am certain that I have never lived in
a place like Seaside before. Now that we’ve all begun dealing with
aftereffect matters such as lost work, insurance issues, bodily injury,
and property cleanup, it’s been exponentially easier for me, and
those with whom I’ve spoken, to face these factors because of the
significant support systems nearby. It’s been impossible to become
disheartened for long despite the frustrations caused by the storm.
When I first moved to Seaside, I sensed that there was
a strong community presence here and in surrounding areas. After last
week’s storm, I am happy to say that I feel that I am now a part
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
gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting guest rooms.
Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly.
Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine
and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At
Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.
Cape Property Services.Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
rugged stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita known as Arch
Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
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
– from one to seven bedrooms. In various areas of Lincoln
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
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
City Vacation HomesSomething for everyone: smaller homes
with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All are either oceanfront
or just a few steps away – all with a low bank access and
fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area; one is close to
the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies: fireplaces,
multiple bedrooms, dishwashers, Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs,
cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s a loft in one, and another
sprawling home has two apartments. Pets allowed in some homes
– ask first. Each comes with complete kitchens. Most have
seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230
per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones w/ data ports. Oceanfronts have queen bed, a
double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and private deck.
Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed for a two-person
romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. Elaborate
oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For family
reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect
to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms pet friendly.
523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938.