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Lincoln City finding refuge for Echo Mountain victims, and paying closer attention to Devils Lake

Decimated homes from the Echo Mountain Fire

The Lincoln City City Council took closer looks at some trends going on in their city.  With the prolonged recovery of those who were driven from their homes in the Echo Mountain Fire area authorities are still helping to find temporary quarters for those “refugees.”  The councilor mentioned what amounts to a temporary set shelter for those who lost their homes and have endured the slow recovery – what with all the red tape and other regulatory requirements to rebuild.  Refugees have been offered temporary housing at three motels in Lincoln City during the post fire emergency.  Authorities say the motels that agreed to shelter the ousted families are the Ocean Breeze, Inn at Lincoln City and The Haven at D-River.

The City Council also evaluated a long degrading aspect to Devils Lake – the build-up of sediment coming down stream which makes shallow shoals at the south end of the lake and also among homes situated in the extreme south end of the lake.  Neighbors there are very wary of what could happen in the event of large storms that would more than fill the lake and damage their homes.  A ticking time-bomb to say the least. 

Shallow, stagnant water at south end of Devils Lake, in residential area.

A few councilors raised the issue of dredging out the rising levels of sediment in the lake at the south end.  They seemed clearly willing to remove a sizeable amount of sediment that would give higher flows of water more room to move through and escape through the lake’s outlet to the beach….all without damaging roads and homes in the area.

And the Council decided to set aside a half-million dollars in a “standing fund” that could support improvements around town.  One major candidate for a share of those funds is expanding parks and recreation activities.  Other departments and programs sponsored by the city are also being evaluated such as more convenient beach access, more fire hydrants and coping with the Covid-19 plague.  No final decisions were made.

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