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Sand Storm Inundates Coastal Homes in Oregon

Author: R C Hall

Copyright: Copyright 9-1-1 Magazine, Feature Content

Date: 2011-01-31
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A fierce windstorm, with winds of 50 MPH, blew beach sand all over more than a dozen homes built on a sand spit on the coastal town of Waldport, Oregon last January 17th.  The homes are frequently visited by wind storms that drive the sand over and around the homes, but nothing of this level had ever occurred before.

By January 20th, small back hoes and excavators were attempting to clear driveways and doorways from very deep sand.  Most of these homes could not even be accessed as sand was piled very high all around them. An estimated 100 tons or more of sand surrounded each home, some even caking their roofs.  Most of the homes are vacation rentals however and not occupied at the time, so no residents were trapped, although had the homes been occupied this could have been a mini disaster.

This sand spit is just a mile or so west of the town of Waldport and has around 250 other homes built on it, but only these got hit hard.  

Photos by R C Hall

Contractor excavating Burried Houses in Sand

Sand Covered House

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