Coast Guard: 12 airlifted from RV park, 30 choose to stay

Oregon

About 30 people opted to stay in the park after the Coast Guard offered to help them evacuate, officials said.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a dozen people and three dogs after flood waters trapped them in an RV park off Highway 101 Friday in Neskowin.

Two helicopters and one rescue swimmer from the Coast Guard were sent to the scene, officials said, as rising waters put the nearby Neskowin Creek Bridge in danger of failing. There is also a danger of mudslides threatening the area.

Helicopter crews evacuated 12 people and three dogs in total, the Coast Guard said, and local law enforcement agencies helped eight more. About 30 residents chose to stay in the park instead.

Officials said the airlifted people and dogs were taken to Neskowin Valley School for shelter. Tillamook police assisted the USCG, and officials did not report any injuries.

The area has received between 3 and 7 inches of rain as an atmospheric river unloads heavy rain throughout large swathes of Oregon, according to the National Weather Service.

Highway 101 at Neskowin is closed, according to the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office.

Flooding along the Oregon Coast

Authorities also responded to multiple reports of major flooding at other locations along the Oregon Coast.

A video shared to a Tillamook County community Facebook page showed a mobile home being carried away by a flooded Trask River near Long Prairie Road.

Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office shared a photo of a decommissioned firetruck nearly submerged from intense flood waters in Otis.

Flaggers are guiding traffic around high water on OR 18 Salmon River Highway near Otis.

According to ODOT officials, U.S. 101 and OR 6 near Tillamook are closed due to high water.

Officials said waters are high enough in parts of Lincoln County to wash out roads and prevent drivers from crossing them safely.

According to the LCSO, NE Devils Lake Road is flooded in several spots and drivers with cars low to the ground should not attempt to travel on it.

Lincoln County officials reported East Devils Lake Road at Mile Post 3.2 at Hill Road junction near Lincoln City Outlet mall.

Authorities also warned that South Drift Creek Road at Mile Post 1.5 to 1.8 is closed east of the Cutler City area.

Lincoln County officials said South Drift Creek Road at Mile Post 1.5 to 1.8 (East of Cutler City area) is closed due to flooding.

Officials are waiting for water to subside to assess the area.

Ecola State Park, near Cannon Beach, is closed due to a sinkhole from heavy rains. The park is likely to remain closed into next week, according to Oregon State Parks.

In early 2020, Ecola State Park also closed when a landslide damaged the entrance road.

A high water warning has also been issued in Seaside at Circle Creek and Highway 101 between The Junction and Avenue U . Police warn that low-profile vehicles should avoid the area and to expect delays.

Officials said high tide is expected around 7:38 p.m. Friday and do not expect the tide to recede until evening.

KOIN 6 News will update this story as more information becomes available.

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