The Curry County Board of Commissioners drafted a declaration of a state of emergency Tuesday after Curry County Roadmaster Ken Crumley outlined some of the damage wreaked upon the county during the season's first winter storm this week.

"The Chetco River is higher today than in anyone's memory," he told commissioners David Itzen and George Rhodes at the end of a special meeting. "I think we need to make an emergency declaration."

An emergency shelter was established at the Curry County Fairgrounds.

Among the worst of the damage was a house that was knocked off its foundation in Gold Beach by a fallen tree, flooding of several businesses throughout the county, a blown-out culvert at Turtle Rock RV Park south of Gold Beach, a sink-hole on Ransom Road in Brookings and extensive flooding on the Chetco River. AtRivers Edge RV Park in Harbor was evacuated under emergency conditions when the Chetco River crested its banks early Tuesday morning.

Pistol River and Hunter Creek were raging, muddying the ocean waves.

"Crazy," said Brett Kerr of Kerr's Auto and Truck on Hunter Creek Road in Gold Beach. "I've lived here 33 years and I've never seen anything this high."

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