While a flood watch remains in effect for the Oregon Coast, there remains proof that recent storm water fixes in the City Hall and Nye Beach areas are holding. Where there used to be small hills of sandbags required to prevent flooding into stores, there are now clear streets despite continued heavy rains. Newport Public Works crews worked feverishly this past Fall to fix some high profile storm drain problems and so far have managed to meet the challenge. Newly appointed Public Works Director Tim Gross has reminded the City Council that a permanent fix is to do a comprehensive assessment of the town’s storm drain system, develop a master plan for fixes and upgrades and then devise a way to fund it. A storm water utility fee has been talked about for some time, awaiting a logical plan to emerge to get it all done.
Public Works Director Tim Gross said the town’s storm water system is old and failing in several spots around town. He said his department will soon be launching a comprehensive assessment of the system and developing a plan to repair and renovate it. But he said it’s a big task that will take at least a couple of years to complete before they can lay a storm water upgrade plan before the city council and have them consider funding options.
From National Weather Service:
…FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON FOR THE
NORTH AND CENTRAL OREGON COAST AND COAST RANGE…
THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR
* A PORTION OF NORTHWEST OREGON…INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING
AREAS…CENTRAL COAST RANGE OF WESTERN OREGON…CENTRAL OREGON
COAST…COAST RANGE OF NORTHWEST OREGON AND NORTH OREGON
* THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON
* CONTINUE HEAVY RAIN IS BRINGING SHARP RISES ON AREA RIVERS AND
STREAMS THIS MORNING. BETWEEN 3 AND 4 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN
IN THE COAST RANGE SO FAR WITH ANOTHER INCH OR MORE POSSIBLE
BEFORE THE FRONT PUSHES INLAND.
* RIVERS OF CONCERN ARE THE WILSON…NEHALEM…GRAYS AND SILETZ
RIVERS. THESE RIVERS ARE ABOVE BANKFULL AND MAY POSSIBLY REACH
FLOOD STAGE WITH ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL.
* FLOODING IS OCCURRING ALONG SIUSLAW RIVER…WITH A FORECAST
CREST OF 20.5 FT LATE MORNING. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CAN BE
FOUND IN THE FLOOD WARNING STATEMENT.
A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
LANDSLIDES AND DEBRIS FLOWS ARE POSSIBLE DURING THIS FLOOD EVENT.
PEOPLE…STRUCTURES AND ROADS LOCATED BELOW STEEP SLOPES…IN
CANYONS AND NEAR THE MOUTHS OF CANYONS MAY BE AT SERIOUS RISK
FROM RAPIDLY MOVING LANDSLIDES.
YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE
FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE
PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.
THE NEXT UPDATE FOR THIS WATCH WILL BE ISSUED BY NOON.