TILLAMOOK, Ore. (KOIN) — As communities across the Northwest deal with damage wrought by this week’s massive floods, residents of one Tillamook neighborhood are literally living on the edge.
Morgan Kottre lives in a small, hillside neighborhood with 2 dead-end roads. The small town has a history of severe flooding, but this week’s winter storm triggered unimaginable destruction.
“It started with a crack in the road that occurred sometime on Monday,” Kottre wrote on her GoFundMe page.
But continuous, heavy rain made it clear “it was going to get much, much worse.” Local families began to evacuate as the cracks grew bigger and bigger.
Kottre described the situation as “dire”. Rain pounded down from the sky, creating crevasses, craters and canyons on the main road which Kottre said was shoved at least 15 feet downhill.
What used to be the main road leading to Kottre’s home is now a cliff.
“To see it in person is the only way to truly grasp it,” Kottre wrote. “The barn down the way has been irreparably damaged, and the families still fear for their homes.”
Thankfully, people are pitching in to help. More than 200 sandbags are holding down a tarp intended to stop the ground from sliding any more, according to CBS News.
Kottre and her family are working to create a gravel driveway through their neighbors’ backyards to help them get down to the lower road. But homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover the damage, and FEMA reportedly can’t help either since the property is privately owned.
On her GoFundMe page, Kottre admits it is going to be a costly, lengthy process to fix the hillside.
So far she’s raised upwards of $12,000 for repairs.