February 23, 2017
HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE UNDERWAY
The City of Manzanita is working with the other Tillamook County cities and Tillamook County to prepare an update of the Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan will identify the natural hazards facing our area and will identify ways that the effects of these hazards can be mitigated. A draft Risk Assessment has been prepared and is available for review at the link below. The Plan to be developed will include a plan specifically for Manzanita and a coordinated plan for the entire County.
If you have questions or comments on this document, please contact City Manager Jerry Taylor at email@example.com.
Link to draft Risk Assessment
Updated November 10, 2016
MANZANITA DEALS WITH ISSUES AFTER TORNADO
The City of Manzanita is waiting to see the response from private homeowners’ insurance programs before proceeding with further cleanup of storm debris. At a special Council meeting last Wednesday morning, the City Council heard that several property owners had apparently engaged contractors to clean up their yard and were taking away the debris on their own. The City had already spent about $35,000 to remove debris from the City rights-of-way, and the Council saw how many property owners were accepting the responsibility of dealing with the debris on their own properties. The decision was made to wait and see how much debris remains after a few weeks before possibly making any further plans.
If you are anticipating the need to tear down your house or building, please remember that DEQ rules require that an asbestos inspection report be prepared by an accredited inspector and that any asbestos or other hazardous material be removed from the building before demolition and disposal. More information on this requirement is on the DEQ website.
Owners of homes in the tornado path and even outside the tornado path are encouraged to check their attics to make sure that no damage has occurred to the house. Doors that are now sticking may also be a symptom of foundation damage, and it is suggested that homeowners have the house foundations checked as well. The City has been informed of damage to houses that did not appear to be damaged from the outside.
The City does not require permits for removal of trees damaged by the tornado and wind storm. However, if a property owner wishes to cut down other healthy trees, a tree cutting permit should be obtained from City Hall. If all of the trees on a lot are to be cut, a tree replacement plan is required.
Most laws stay in force even after a disaster. The City reminds everyone to stay informed on these requirements to avoid further headaches.
Aerial documentation flight
The City and Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue will conduct a drone flight over the area of the City hit by the tornado as soon as weather allows. The flight in part will be used for documentation for any financial assistance grants or loans the City for which the City applies.
The American Red Cross completed a damage assessment of the 128 homes that were damaged in any observable way by the tornado and wind storm. Electric power has been restored to most buildings by Tillamook PUD. However, several homes will require an electrician to be hired to reinstall the meter box and mast before a new service drop can be reinstalled by Tillamook PUD. Private efforts have been started to raise money for persons whose property was damaged during the storm.
Please see the letter from CARTM which describes what debris may to taken there. It is expected that most property owners will cover the costs of debris removal through their homeowners insurance.
It is expected that most property owners are dealing with cleanup and repairs through their homeowner’s insurance or commercial business insurance. If property owners are concerned about how their insurance company is dealing with their issues, they may call the Oregon Insurance Commissioner’s office Consumer Advocacy Team at 1-888-877-4894 for information and advice.
If you are looking for help in repairing your home or business, please see the list of building contractors in Tillamook County.
Map showing damaged homes
Manzanita Tornado Relief
Information, resources and to donate to relief efforts
Manzanita Tornado Relief Facebook Page
Send donations to:
Fulcrum Community Resources/Manzanita Tornado Relief
PO Box 44
Manzanita, OR 97130
THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION BECOMES