Two homes crashed into the water and were washed away by rising tides on Washaway Beach. Some 150 homes have been wiped out in the area since it was first developed in the 1960s.
Two homes crashed into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, but that is not that unusual for Washaway Beach, Washington.
A relative of one of the homeowners said one of the homes was built in 1973 in what used to be a forested area. He said you couldn’t see the ocean and could barely hear the Pacific Ocean when it was built. This week the house fell in the ocean.
About 150 homes have been destroyed since the area was developed in the 1960s. Over 30 homes were lost or relocated in the 1920s in the same area. The Washington state Department of Ecology says erosion has also destroyed a lighthouse, a school, Grange Hall and a clam cannery in the past 100 years.
Washaway Beach is located along south of Westport, Washington along Cape Shoalwater, just north of Shoalwater Bay Reservation. The seaside neighborhood has been eroding about 100 feet per year, according to the Washington state Department of Ecology.
Jackie Diles and her husband Jerry Diles took action to help move things out of one of the homes. They rushed to pack items and carry them out of the house as waves crashed nearby. The owners of the threatened home are older and weren’t able to move their own belongings out on their own. Their dog was evacuated from the home to a shelter Tuesday night.
KOMO News: Washaway Beach house falls into Pacific Ocean.
Flying above Washaway Beach in Grayland, Washington.
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