Caller to 9-1-1 said the family heard a rumble coming from the garage at 392 NE 70th in Newport. They went out to look. Opened the door and turned on the light and noticed a sinkhole in the garage with their vehicle nowhere to be seen.
Newport firefighter on scene reports the rear 2/3 of the garage has sunk. The home is being evacuated.
Scene command reporting the entire hillside on the west end of the scene is starting to give way. Two residences threatened. The two structures adjacent to the scene are being evacuated. CLPUD and city public works crews are summoned to the scene.
Street is being blocked. Door-to-door evacuations have started. 394 NE 70th is in imminent danger of going next.
Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy reports 4 structures damaged and unsafe to live in. Power is being shut off to them.
Chief Murphy reporting active gas leak on scene. Requesting NW Natural respond to the scene. The dispatcher is ahead of the game, already on the line with the gas company by the end of his transmission.
Seal Rock Fire requested to cover Newport Fire district. Toledo Fire engine currently covering Newport being called to the scene.
Chief Murphy advising nothing can be done on scene until the gas is shut off. NW Natural crew is responding from Lincoln City. Power has been shut off for the block.
NW Natural technician gave an ETA of 1 hour. He’ll have to drive through an area of 101 that is reported to be slipping away.
Since Newport is all tied up on the slide/homes, fire departments from Yachats north are back-filling fire stations so if anything serious happens in Newport and areas east and south, they’re covered. The very essence of mutual aid.
Northwest Natural Gas crew has arrived on scene.
Chief Murphy requesting an ambulance to the scene to transport an elderly male who is not ambulatory out of the neighborhood.
Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy reports NW Natural Gas has turned off gas to all the homes in the area. One elderly man was transported from the area to suitable quarters in Newport. Wind and rain taking toll of firefighters. Food and water is being arranged.
Toledo Fire Chief Will Ewing is keeping track of resources protecting Newport to the south. Yachats now has a major problem developing.
Anyone brave enough to go out in 40mph rain and wind and take some pictures of whatever they can see, feel free to do so:
Email to: Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com
Chief Rob Murphy says there are five homes that have been evacuated. Two of them are substantially damaged. A more clear assessment will have to wait until daylight.