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Port Orford storm damage: County seeks state’s help

Twenty-foot-plus waves driven by sustained winds of more than 100 mph on Saturday sweep structures and other equipment from the dock at the Port of Port Orford into a turbulent sea.

Curry County commissioners, along with those at the Port of Port Orford, have requested the governor to declare a state of emergency after last Saturday’s storm blew through the area.

Sustained wind speeds of more than 100 miles an hour — equivalent to a Category II hurricane — helped whip up waves 28 feet tall, taking out port infrastructure, numerous crab totes and the Hallmark Fisheries building. The waves were cresting higher than the cranes that haul boats out of harbor and flooded the port offices in a foot of water, tossed up large boulders “like projectiles” from the nearby jetty, said County Commissioner David Brock Smith, who lives in Port Orford.


Customer appreciation deals happening at Smokehouse on 101 beginning Friday

Smokehouse on 101 is located at 15657 U.S. Highway 101 in Harbor.

From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday evening, the Smokehouse on 101 restaurant will be hosting an all-ages “Locals Grand Opening” weekend.

Festivities include a Halloween party costume contest, karaoke with live DJ, and customer appreciation days where all meals receive 10-percent discounts through Sunday evening. Several door prizes will also be awarded during the event.


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