Slides close Elk River Road

April 02, 2014 11:55 am


PORT ORFORD – Several slides caused by recent rains have closed the Elk River Road east of Port Orford, according to the U.S. Forest Service.


A road slide at Milepost Six (above the Elk River Fish Hatchery) has made the Elk River Road impassable. Repairs are planned after the next round of rain. See the latest forecasts at

"Although road slides are not uncommon along coastal routes this time of year, there has been an increase in the number of slides along the Elk River Road," says a Forest Service press release issued Wednesday. "Forest visitors are advised to be cautious when traveling on forest roads, and to be prepared in the event a road becomes impassable by packing extra provisions.


With predicted forecasts for additional precipitation to occur in the next several days, the Agness Construction Co. is scheduled to remove the debris on the Elk River Road starting early next week. It is anticipated the road may be passable by mid-week.


For current status on local forest roads, contact the Powers Ranger Station at 541-439-6200 or the nearest Forest Service office.