While Oregon raises the warning, our state stays quiet. Not once have I seen any of our state reps or senators seriously address solutions to the disaster that would befall the 24th District in the event of the earthquake or tsunami.
Nothing they’ve done addresses the inadequate evacuation roads leading off peninsulas such as Ocean Shores’ two-lane road that comes to a ‘T’ and which would be overswept by the tsunami. Hundreds would drown in Grays Harbor. The DOT could solve the problem simply by creating a park on high ground about half a mile away and build a dedicated two-lane road that sweeps directly onto it. Or how about the ridiculous comments from the State Police rep who claimed (to me in 2008) they will not allow coastal egresses to be turned into dedicated outflows because they need to be able to send emergency vehicles toward the ocean as a tsunami wave approaches? In my opinion, all highways in the tsunami zone should be turned into “dedicated outflows.”
Or how the same State Patrol rep said the only mechanism to prevent people from driving toward the ocean after a big earthquake are police roadblocks that may take five minutes to set up (if ever)? The sane solution is to have permanently mounted, wireless, battery operated sign boards that IMMEDIATELY stop traffic inflow before they get into the zone.
Or how there’s no plan to coordinate or allow stranded local communities to build bridges with timber and other local material to reconnect? Ex-state representative Jim Buck is an engineer who published a report that showed over 100 bridges failing on the Peninsula.
There are several other FAILINGS of our state government on addressing this eventual disaster.