From Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda
Newport Fire Department got a call for help from a homeowner on NE 70th last evening that they’d lost their garage and the car that was in it. An initial fire responder confirmed that the residence was being undermined and half the garage had disappeared along with a vehicle. The home and adjoining residences were evacuated.
At this point there are five homes directly affected by the landslide caused by heavy rain and wind erosion near Schooner Creek. The situated grew more complicated with the discovery of a leaking natural gas line broken by the earth movement. NW Natural Gas arrived and turned off the line.
Staff from the City of Newport have met with Northwest Natural Gas, Central Lincoln PUD and Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) to discuss what to do next. The City is evaluating each of the homes threatened by the slide. Each will be evaluated and a decision made as to whether temporary access will be allowed. Any home or building that has been “red tagged” is NOT to be entered.
The City will be contacting the affected property owners to provide guidance as to the next steps that will need to be made. The City of Newport will continue to monitor the area to determine whether any additional land movement is occurring. Property owners are advised to contact Central Dispatch at 541-265-4231 if any new signs of earth movement are detected. At this time the street and utilities on NE 70th Drive itself have not been damaged by any earth movement. Only the lines leading to the damaged houses.
The City of Newport reminds everyone to have a “go kit” ready in case of emergencies that require evacuation. Information on go kits can be found at www.ready.gov.
Now…back to the photos of the mess about to be made worse by another line of storms headed our way….