SEASIDE — This weekend was the first major test of the flood-prone areas on U.S. Highway 101 south of Seaside.

It passed.

Larry McKinley, North Coast Manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation, said that Highway 101, including the recently completed flood-proofing project south of Seaside, “held up just fine.”

“There were no major impacts to it,” he said.

There was no saturation of the ground, no accumulation in the mountains and no high tides to affect the flow of the Necanicum River. The highest tide was around 5 feet, and it usually takes around 10- or 11-foot tides to flood, he said.

The flood mitigation project was a collaborative effort that involved ODOT, the North Coast Land Conservancy, Clatsop County and the cities of Cannon Beach, Seaside, Warrenton, Astoria and Gearhart.

The South County area generally escaped serious problems this weekend. In Seaside, a light pole at Avenue A in the Promenade was seen “arcing and sparking” and shorted out.

In Cannon Beach, two trees fell and took out a power line and power pole at the intersection of Spruce Street and Hills Lane, according to Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue. Pacific Power restored the lines and another company removed the trees.


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