Little Whale Cove resident Clay Richman was in bed at 12:45 this morning when he heard a loud jet engine sound followed by a loud thud that shook his home on Walkingwood. He went into his living room to discover a giant Sitka Spruce bashed in the roof. He called 9-1-1 and Depoe Bay Fire/Rescue evaluated the situation – said although there was a big hole in his roof it was alright to retreat to the other areas of his home. Firefighters put up a tarp to re-direct the rainwater to the outside.
Richman says his neighbor across the street, several years ago, had two trees take out part of their home. He said he’s having a tree trimming company saw up the tree that hit his house and an arborist to check the rest of the trees on his property to see if any are in danger of keeling over.
ODOT is out with their road shoulder clearing crews cleaning up the post-Winter storm damage to trees and hillsides. The winds of January and March blew down a lot of trees onto the roadways but now, they say, it’s time to move back in and clear out the trees that were weakened but didn’t quite finish falling.
Therefore, travel on Highway 20 between Newport and Toledo this week will take a little longer. Crews are taking up one lane of travel for heavy equipment. Watch for flaggers and pilot cars this week through Friday from 9am through 4pm. Expect up to 15 minute delays.
Once crews are finished with the Highway 20 corridor they’ll do the same thing from Waldport-east on Highway 34.
This week’s high winds rattled the canopy covering the gas pumps at the Depoe Bay 76 Station. The whip-sawing back and forth of the wind twisted the canopy and pushed the support beams apart. No longer safe, the owner ordered a new canopy. Repair crews Wednesday began taking the old one down and will soon have the new one constructed once the winds die down, which are not supposed to happen until Friday or Saturday.