In December 2007, a massive storm hit the north coast of
Oregon, bringing with it up to 14 inches of rainfall in some
areas, sustained winds of over 100 MPH, and gusts of over
120 MPH. The storm continued for nearly 48 hours.
The city of Cannon Beach was without power, telephone and
cell phone service for several days and many houses were
damaged by the winds, falling trees, and flying debris.
Roads were closed by mudslides and downed trees for several
days; some roads were closed for several months. Local
businesses and volunteers donated food, time, and expertise
to help those in need by setting up a shelter and free food
at the Cannon Beach Presbyterian Church. Cannon Beach
Construction was there to help with road opening, tree
removal, and roofing, siding, and window repair.
If you have to endure a natural disaster, Cannon Beach is
the place to be. Along with M.R.E.s from the military
and sandwiches from the Red Cross, local businesses supplied
sausage gravy, clam chowder, and fresh roasted and brewed
coffee. The people of Cannon Beach rolled up their
sleeves and helped each other and the community out.
This storm was a lesson in coastal home ownership.
Many people were forced to discard all of the food in their
freezers, and they had to rely on friends and neighbors for
heat and food. To be prepared for the next storm, a
homeowner needs a gas stove, generator, and supplies to last