OLYMPIA, Wash. — Several highways are closed near the Washington coast due to heavy rains that brought debris down over the roadway in the early morning hours of Monday, Jan. 5.
The worst damage in Pacific County, affecting State Route 4 near Naselle Youth Camp, “will likely be closed days or longer,” according to the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency.
Conditions are expected to begin drying out, with Pacific County’s flood watch expiring at 6 p.m. Monday, with partly sunny skies forecast until Friday.
A flood warning remains in place for Grays River near Rosburg after it crested at 15.39 feet early Monday; 16 feet is considered a major flood, most recently reached on Nov. 19, 2012. At 3 p.m. Monday, the river was at 14.86 feet. The river normally carries about 900 cubic feet of water per second (cfs), but during the peak of the flood today, the river’s flow was roughly 17,000 cfs.
Maintenance crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation will assess the conditions of each road once it is safe to do so. Drivers should be aware of closures in their area, and plan their trips accordingly.
WADOT updated this information at 2:40 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5:
• SR 4 is closed between US 101 (milepost 0) and SR 401 (milepost 4) due to a collapsed culvert that has severely damaged the roadway west of Naselle. Local traffic can use county roads to get around the closure. Freight traffic will be directed to SR 401 and US 101.
• US 101 is closed from milepost 29 to 53.5 in South Bend due to a debris slide blocking the roadway. Geotechnical Engineers assessed the roadway and determined it is too saturated to be re-opened at this time. The saturation of the roadway will be re-assessed on Tuesday.
• US 101 is closed at milepost 64 closed because of water over the roadway.
• SR 105 all lanes are now open. Earlier a slide had blocked both directions from Smith Creek Bridge (milepost 10) and Airport Road (milepost 4.5).
• South Valley Road: remains closed, water over the roadway.
• Parpala Road is open: some water over the roadway, use caution.
• Smith Creek at the “Y” is open, crews working on road repair and water remains over the road in some areas. Work will continue through the afternoon.
• South Fork Road at the golf course: will be open to one lane by the end of the day. Water is receding - use caution.
• US 101 is closed in several places due to debris slides that have blocked the roadway.
• US 101 milepost 73.9 near Artic, one-way alternating traffic, roadway blocked by debris; stop signs provide traffic control
• US 101 milepost 75 closed both directions debris
• US 101 milepost 78-79 closed both directions debris
• US 101 milepost 89.0 closed both directions debris
• US 101 milepost 91.9 closed both directions debris
• SR 109 Spur milepost 1.8 blocked both directions
• US 12 also has multiple closures. Take SR 107 and US 101 to detour around the US 12 closures. Please note that SR 107 and US 101 are two-lane roads with a lot of traffic.
• US 12 at milepost 1.0 blocked both directions due to debris.
• US 12 is also blocked at milepost 28.1 due to water over the roadway.