Workers From Oregon State Parks Are Removing Windstorm Debris and Fixing Damage

Removing Windstorm Debris: Although access to trails and amenities may be impacted by the cleaning work, it is not anticipated to have an effect on the First Day Hikes on Sunday, January 1. The park staff advises guests to use caution and adhere to the following safety advice:

Avoid touching any fallen trees. They may suddenly pop up when under strain, resulting in harm or even death. Never climb on fallen trees. Sometimes, all that is needed to keep them in place is a thin piece of bark or a few threads. Unexpectedly obstructing paths, facilities, or recreational areas might be trees and other debris. Please exercise patience, obey all traffic regulations, and choose wisely.

If the rain persists, there might be further damage, such as trees falling on pathways. During cleaning, service levels in restrooms, trash disposal, and clearing obstructions from beach access might be decreased. Be patient, please. Early in the week, floods and power disruptions at parks around the state were caused by heavy wind and rain.

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At least nine parks had to shut entirely or partly, 10 had power outages, and at least 17 other places suffered weather-related damage. By Thursday afternoon, all parks had their electricity back.

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Due to cleanup after floods or weather-related closures, four parks remained closed or partly closed on Friday:

  • Due to floods, the campsite at Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area will be closed until January 5.
  • Due to floods, Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site is closed.
  • Due to floods, Willamette Mission State Park is only partly open. The Matheny Road path and the main entrance are the only ways to access the lower park.
  • Numerous campsites at Nehalem Bay State Park are inaccessible because of fallen trees.
  • More than a dozen trees, including a hemlock with a nearly 4-foot diameter and a 45-degree lean over the road, were removed by personnel at Cape Meares and Cape Lookout.

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    Trying To Save Environment
  • One of the risks that forced Cape Meares to shut until Thursday was this one.
  • According to Park Manager Jason Elkins, “The team did an excellent job prioritising what needed to be done and working hard to get it done.”
  • “As we “dig out” following the storm, visitors may run across debris when they visit our parks. Please notify park workers of any trees obstructing paths.
  • The pedestrian bridge at Oswald West State Park that links tourists to the south side of the beach was also devastated by fallen trees.
  • The main entrance to the beach is still open. As staff members evaluate the remaining routes, further closures and consequences are expected to be published. The south jetty at South Beach State Park was also closed due to dangerous surf.

High winds were also present in Southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley. Due to strong gusts and dangerous branches, Silver Falls State Park lost electricity on Tuesday and had to shut its trails. Five trees blocking Highway 214 were removed, along with roughly ten others from park paths. Although the trails are fully accessible, workers are still trying to clean certain areas of debris.

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Trying To Save Environment

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Nearly 15 trees fell in the windstorm Monday night in Valley of the Rogue in Southern Oregon. Two cars and a privacy fence at the campsite were damaged by a fallen tree. The OPRD checks its trees for any possible dangers. However, even strong winds and rain may be difficult for good trees, according to Nathan Seable, park manager. Trees with roots and all might topple down when the soil becomes moist.

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