GLENWOOD, Ore. — Trees, rocks and mud crashed down onto Highway 6, also known as the Wilson River Highway on Wednesday afternoon blocking a main route to the Oregon Coast. It comes during Spring Break week when families are vacationing at the beach.
One lane was opened near the turn-off to Browns Camp in the Tillamook State Forest by Thursday afternoon, 24 hours after the slide happened. Flaggers are directing both directions through a single lane while clean-up efforts are continuing to fully re-open the highway west of the small community of Glenwood and 22 miles east of Tillamook.
The Oregon Department of Transportation says this spot has steep hillsides and has been hit with slides before. This one was likely caused by the rain saturating the steep hillside.
“We may have to address a long term situation for this area so we don’t have a repeat slide again,” said ODOT’s Lou Torres.
Cory Knight sent video captured on his cell phone to KGW:
Crews trucked out 400 cubic yards of debris, enough for 40 loads. They also used chainsaws to cut down trees up on the hillside that were in danger of falling.