Storm Damage Update

landslide just below road pavement
One of three sites where Monday's storm damaged road shoulder along Hurricane Ridge.

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News Release Date: December 6, 2007

Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005

As park crews gain access to the roads and facilities, additional damage has been discovered in some areas, while other roads have reopened. Phone and electrical service are still out in the park’s western areas.

A summary of known damage follows.

  • Hurricane Ridge Road – A major slide near the Switchback Trail brought mud, debris and water over the road. Once the slide was cleared, workers were able to spot several areas of extensive damage to the road shoulder along the downhill lane.  

The road will remain closed this weekend to allow crews to fully assess the damage and begin repairs. The Heart O’the Hills campground is closed due to earlier damage from the November 12 windstorm.

  • Quinault Valley –The North Shore and South Shore Quinault Roads are closed due to downed trees and electrical lines and crews are continuing to cut their way through the trees and reopen the roads. 

There is no electrical or phone service at Quinault. The North Fork and Graves Creek Roads remain closed and have not been assessed yet.

  • Hoh Road – The Hoh Road is closed at its intersection with Highway 101. One lane of the road was washed out within Jefferson County; minor damage has also occurred within the park. 
  • Elwha – The Olympic Hot Springs Road, the Whiskey Bend Road and the Elwha campground have all reopened. 

The Elwha Valley’s Altair campground was not as severely damaged as initially thought; receding floodwaters have revealed many sites to be damaged by the flooding, but no sites or structures were lost. The Altair campground is closed throughout the winter season.

  • Lake Crescent area – Highway 101 has reopened in the Lake Crescent area; both the East Beach and Camp David Junior roads are open and cleared.
  • Sol Duc Road – The Sol Duc Road remains closed due to a mudslide about a half-mile south of Salmon Cascades. 
  • Mora – The Mora area has reopened, including the Mora campground.
  • Ozette – The Ozette area is closed with downed trees and power lines.

Dosewallips, Staircase and Queets Roads remain closed due to previous damage and unsafe conditions. The Deer Park Road is closed for the season.

Groups and individuals interested in volunteering to help the park with storm recovery are urged to check the park’s website. Once damage assessments are complete, volunteer opportunities will be posted online.

For current road information, people should call the Olympic National Park recorded road and weather information line at 360-565-3131.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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