Storm Caused $1M in Damages to Oregon Port

Last weekend’s storm caused at least $1 million in damages to the port of Port Orford, Oregon.

Port Commissioner Brett Webb says the fleet based in Port Orford was fishing Monday, but damages to port facilities and the breakwater will make it difficult to maintain operations. One key item damaged was the computerized fuel metering system used to supply the 50-boat fleet.

Webb says damages to two fish buyers’ facilities and a restaurant amount to nearly $500,000, and damages to port facilities are likely to bring it up to $1 million.

Army Corps of Engineers coastal project manager Kat Groth says an existing breach in the breakwater protecting the port channel was made wider, which could lead to sand filling in the port channel. The channel will be surveyed Thursday.