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Storm causes road damages

A portion of Highway 101 at Euchre Creek, 10 miles north of Gold Beach, was washed out Sunday afternoon.

The Wild Rivers Coast is open for the holidays — torrential rain or not.

The rain might have slowed traffic on roadways to and within Curry County, but most are open and only a few have detours.

•Highway 101 suffered the worst damage Sunday afternoon, with a washout 10 miles north of Gold Beach near Ophir; a detour on the Old Highway 101 has been established and flaggers will direct traffic until repair work is finished at the end of the week.

•Highway 199 in California has experienced sporadic rockfall over the weekend; crews had cleaned it all up by Monday.

•Oregon Highway 241 (Coos River Highway) reopened Sunday night following a five-hour closure due to high water 12 miles east of Coos Bay. The river itself rose 2 feet over the highway.

•Oregon Highway 42 (Coos Bay to Roseburg Highway) Drivers are advised to watch for spots of high water. Small slides were reported in several locations. ODOT is working on Camas Mountain, so travelers should expect minor delays.

Highway 42S (to Coquille): ODOT continues to monitor high water conditions along the highway. Travelers are advised to use extreme caution as they could be the first to encounter water on the highway.

“There’s plenty of clean-up work for the week ahead,” said ODOT District Manager Darrin Neavoll, who manages state highways in Coos, Curry and Douglas counties. “We’ve taken a lot of water over the last couple days and the full extent of the damage isn’t clear yet.”

Early Christmas presents

Photo submitted by Andy Martin

Jordan and Ryan Vernand, of Ventura, California, catch a pair of king salmon while fishing the Sixes River on Dec. 16 with guide Andy Martin. The father and son fished four rivers in four days catching salmon and steelhead on the Smith, Chetco, Elk and Sixes rivers. For more fishing news, see Page 6A.

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