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Newport: Creating safety atop “Safe Haven Hill”


Safe Haven Hill, south end of Yaquina Bay Bridge
Photos from Public Works Director Tim Gross

In the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake, those living and working at South Beach are directed to walk up the hill at the south end of what’s likely to be all that’s left of the Yaquina Bay Bridge. A trail on the north end of the hill and a gravel road up the south end will provide suitable access.

City Councilor Dr. Dick Beemer says work has already begun to flatten and clear the top of what is now called “Safe Haven Hill,” a hill that is supposed to hold up to four to five thousand people who are expected to scramble up its gradual slopes, up and away from what will surely be a very large tsunami
expected to arrive within fifteen minutes of the quake.

Work on shaping and clearing the hilltop is expected to continue in lieu of Federal Emergency Management Agency funds which the city has applied for. No word on when we might hear when a decision will be made by FEMA as to whether Newport will receive the grant.

So the work will be limited until the city learns whether its application is approved. Either way, the project will be completed in one fashion or another according to city officials.

 

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