When the heavy rains started hammering the Central Coast earlier this month, all kinds of bad things started happening. At Cascade Head Ranch, near the mouth of the Salmon River, the flooding rain knocked out their water system.
Ranch Manager Valerie Sovern was facing a dire emergency with residents with no water – certainly no water that was certifiably healthy to drink. So she quickly ran out and started buying bottled water for all their residents not knowing how long their water treatment plant would remain knocked for a loop. And she called on a local business to literally help bail them out.
Here’s her letter indicating how pleased she was at the results and she wanted to share it with everyone.
DECEMBER 28, 2015
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
James Drayton Excavating in Lincoln City came to our rescue not once, not twice but at least three times the past few weeks.
On December 7th, our water plant and office building experienced a catastrophic flood from a broken 6″ water line under the floor. That let loose over 75,000 gallons of water into our workspace.
We called Drayton for help in excavating the pipe, finding the break and repairing the lines. HE WAS ON SITE IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. He and his hard-working crew came fully prepared with the excavation equipment, cement saws, power tools and materials needed to take care of this emergency situation. With our water tanks drained – we were unable to supply drinking water to customers and our fire hydrants were of no use in case of emergency.
Once we got the water plant up and running we had another pipe break. Again, Jim and crew were here to our rescue in record time. They fixed the broken pipe and got us producing water again.
Then there was a landslide on Savage Road – the main access to owners of half the properties at Cascade Ranch. Jim and his big machines and full crew were here in record time creating an emergency driveway, installing a culvert and creating a safe ingress/egress for emergency vehicles and owners. They even removed several hazard alder trees from the cliff along the road before they fell and took out more of the hillside.
I don’t know what we would have done without the help of Jim Drayton and his crew the past few weeks. To say we highly recommend him is an understatement. I’ve worked with him for over six years now and find him to be a remarkable problem solver who always has a “get it done attitude”.
Valerie Sovern, Manager
Cascade Head Ranch
Homeowners Association &
District Improvement Company