Depoe Bay Public Works Superintendent Terry Owings says they’re in the final stages of planning to preserve a threatened water line connecting Depoe Bay to the Miroco subdivision and the Whale Cove Inn off 101 south of Depoe Bay. The pipe, buried just off the highway, is no longer buried since a part of the hill sloughed off and fell to the rocky shore over a hundred feet below. The pipe is literally hanging in thin air and is pressure strapped and tied to a guard rail just uphill.
Owings says the plans are in place to redirect the pipe back into the cliff and then along the highway right of way for about 150-feet to the southwest where it will reconnect to the unaffected stretch of water main to the hotel and to the subdivision. Total cost of the project is estimated to be just under $20,000. Owings says he’s hoping that FEMA will cover 75% of it since he believes that the wash out, high up on the cliff, was from flood waters pouring off the highway, causing the cliff face to be undermined.
Owings says he hopes to have the repair job done by the middle of next week. He says while they’re saving Miroco’s water line, they’ll also be re-routing the water “intake” line from Rocky Creek, which parallels the Miroco line and which provides a considerable amount of raw water to Depoe Bay and surrounding areas.