Seaside braced itself Thursday morning as the National Weather Service warned of dangerous high surf and beach erosion through the day and a coastal flood warning in effect until midnight. Coastal locations particularly vulnerable are Seaside, the Willapa Bay and vicinity, Nehalem, Tillamook and Florence.
The parking lot at the Cove was closed at about 11:30 a.m. in expectation of high waves, Seaside Public Works Director Dale McDowell said. “At the Turnaround we built up a berm to protect the bathrooms, so we’ve got the bathrooms sandbagged.”
Residents of the area could be escorted through by police, if necessary, he said. “If something does come up we can get it cleaned up as quick as possible.”
Rains could also pose flooding risks.
Catch basins are wide open now, but “if the river comes up, at some point there’s no place for the water to go. So far we’re not seeing anything out there. I’ve got the entire street department monitoring things and checking things.”
High surf could continue until about 2 p.m., when surf is expected to subside.
Ocean water will rush much further up beaches and jetties than normal and structures and roads located immediately at beach level will likely be inundated by waves and damaged by debris.
Many beaches, jetties, and rocky outcroppings will be covered by deep water. Beach erosion is possible, the Weather Service warned.
Visitors should remain off beaches and avoid narrow access areas where escape routes could be cut off by rising water.