Lt. McCraw’s update: High winds, construction, Styrofoam collection

The active weather pattern is now forecasted to be even more active with a couple of strong systems, one later tonight into tomorrow morning then another tomorrow afternoon through tomorrow night.

Lt. Gordon McCraw
Lt. Gordon McCraw

By Lt. Gordon McCraw
Emergency Management Director
Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office

So, going through each element of the weather concerns we’ll start with the winds.

A High Wind Warning in effect from 1am till 10am tomorrow for south winds 30-40 gusting to 50-60 along the beaches and headlands, then they decrease Thanksgiving morning but then they pick back up again late tomorrow afternoon to 40-45 gusting to 55-65 through tomorrow evening, again along the beaches and headlands.

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For this second event the National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch from 4 p.m. tomorrow through 10 p.m. tomorrow. In town we could see winds 20-25 gusting to 45.  The obvious concerns for these periods are the windy travel difficulties and possible down trees and power outages.

Today we are looking at showers with possible thunderstorms, some of the downpours could be briefly heavy with small hail and gusty winds. The rain returns tonight with the next system, along with the winds mentioned above. The rain could be heavy at times into tomorrow morning as a warm front pushes through but stalls near the Coast Range. The next system moves in from the north tomorrow afternoon and evening bringing another round of rain, heavy at times, and wind into tomorrow night. It appears that in a little over 24 hours we could see 3-4” of rain here and 4-8” in the coast range.

With this much rain in a little over 24 hours, the potential for flooding, both urban and small stream flooding and river flooding is increasing. River flow rates are expected to increase sharply Thursday into Friday from the heavy rains. The river forecasts issued around 7:30 this morning has the Wilson River cresting at 11.08’ tomorrow night which puts it near bankfull and into Action Stage, Flood Stage is 12.0’. The Nehalem River is forecasted to reach into Action Stage, 13.91’, early Friday morning, Flood Stage is 15.0’.

For the mariners out there, there is a Gale Warning in effect from 4 p.m. today through 10 a.m. tomorrow, then, a Storm Watch from 10 a.m. tomorrow through 10pm tomorrow. In addition to the high winds, seas are expected to build to 18-22’. Combine the winds and the seas and I would not be surprised to see a High Surf Advisory issued for the period also.

Once we get through this wet and windy period we return to scattered showers over the weekend which persists into the start of next week.

Clatsop, Tillamook and Columbia Counties state highway construction update: Nov. 29 – Dec. 5

highway-constructionUS101(Bus.): Old Youngs Bay & Lewis & Clark River Bridges (Warrenton – Astoria Highway, mile post 4.78 and 6.89)
This project consists of performing bridge rehabilitation work at both the Old Youngs Bay and Lewis & Clark River Bridges along US101(Bus.).

The scheduled work at the Lewis & Clark River Bridge includes coating the bridge steel underneath the bridge deck. Flaggers will control single lane traffic at the Lewis & Clark River Bridge during construction when work is occurring as required.  Minor delays should be expected when single lane closures are occurring and the public is reminded to drive through the area with caution.  Oregon State Police will be enforcing the speed limit through the work zone area.

The scheduled work at the Old Youngs Bay Bridge includes rehabilitation of the electrical and mechanical systems along with the substructure of the bridge. In addition, coating of the bridge steel underneath the bride deck will be occurring. Flaggers will control single lane traffic at the Old Youngs Bay Bridge during construction when work is occurring as required. Minor delays should be expected when single lane closures are occurring and the public is reminded to drive through the area with caution. Oregon State Police will be enforcing the speed limit through the work zone area. The project is scheduled to be completed in November 2017.

US101: Columbia R (Astoria–Megler) Br Painting, Ph2
(Oregon Coast Highway, mile post 2.78 to 3.26)
This project consists of recoating the steel below the bridge deck on the southern side of the Columbia River Bridge along U.S. 101 north of Astoria.

The scheduled work includes installation of the work containment structures and preparation and coating of the steel beneath the bridge deck. Flaggers will control single lane traffic during construction activities as required.  Lane delays will be allowed anytime on weekdays and weekends.  Expect delays of up to 20 minutes and drive through the area with caution.  Oregon State Police will be enforcing the speed limit through the work zone area.  The project is scheduled to be completed in September 2018.

US30: Wonderly – Swedetown & Gnat Creek – Burnside Lp
(Lower Columbia River Highway, mile post 50.34 to 60.91 and 79.52 to 87.66)
The work consists of repaving the roadway along U.S. 30 between Clatskanie and Astoria. Also, improvements to roadway features such as guardrail and traffic control signing and markings will be made throughout the project.

The scheduled work includes installation of delineators and drainage curb. The majority of construction activities will be occurring during nighttime operations and flaggers will be controlling single lane traffic during the work.  Minor delays should be expected when single lane closures are occurring and the public is reminded to drive through the area with caution.  Oregon State Police will be enforcing the speed limit through the work zone area.  The project is scheduled to be completed in July 2017.

U.S. 101/OR6 Traffic Improvement Project in Tillamook
This project improves traffic operations and performance, and increases safety on U.S. 101 and OR 6 through downtown Tillamook and across Hoquarton Slough.

The project will lengthen the U.S. 101 couplet to the Hoquarton Slough by extending Pacific Avenue north beyond 1st Street and replacing the existing slough bridge with a new four-lane bridge. The new bridge will be up to 5 feet higher than the existing bridge. The project will also widen the travel lanes on Main and Pacific Avenues from 1st to 4th Streets. Turn lanes will be added at key intersections through town. The project also improves the Hoquarton Interpretive Area, and adds gateway elements and downtown beautification.

Travelers can expect daytime and night time work and occasional lane closures. Look for construction vehicles entering and leaving the highway. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018.

styrofoam-collectionTILLAMOOK COUNTY SOLID WASTE TO ACCEPT STYROFOAM

On Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, the Tillamook County Solid Waste Department (TCSW) will hold its regularly scheduled collection of Residential Household Hazardous Waste at the Tillamook Transfer Station, located at 1315 Ekloff Road in Tillamook.  Collection occurs between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

This month ONLY the department will also be collecting clean, white, bulky Styrofoam. NO PEANUTS OR FOOD TRAYS.

This event is for residents only. Businesses should contact the TCSW department or visit their website for business collection information. 

WHAT TO BRING?

Tillamook County’s Solid Waste Department sponsors this service, providing FREE Household Hazardous Waste Collection so that residents may safely dispose of items such as:

  • Paints and Stains
  • Pool and Spa Chemicals
  • Pesticides, Herbicides, Fertilizers, and Poisons
  • Motor Oil, Antifreeze, and other Automotive Fluids
  • Thinners and Solvents
  • Household Cleaners and Disinfectants
  • Batteries
  • Art and Hobby Chemicals
  • Aerosol Spray Products
  • Propane Tanks or Bottles
  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs or CFLs, Fluorescent Tubes, Ballasts
  • Mercury Containing Items, such as Thermometers and Thermostats
  • Fire Extinguishers

WHAT NOT TO BRING?

This facility DOES NOT ACCEPT Ammunition, Explosives of any kind, Medical Waste, including Sharps/Medical Syringes, Prescription Medications.

For more information visit Tillamook County’s Solid Waste Administration website at www.co.tillamook.or.us/gov/solidwaste/hazardouswaste.htm or call 503-815-3975.

 

 

 

 








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