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27th and Grand Landslide

Dan Crutchfield
Fire Chief
503-298-2520
dcrutchfield@astoria.or.us

Terry Corbit
Deputy Chief of Training and Operations
503-298-2523
tcorbit@astoria.or.us

Brian McCarthy
Deputy Chief, Fire Marshal - Emergency Manager
503-298-2522
bmccarthy@astoria.or.us

Casey Litwin
Administrative Assistant
503-298-2521
clitwin@astoria.or.us

Station Headquarters
503-325-2345
555 30th Street
Astoria, Oregon 97103

27th Street and Grand Ave. - Landslide

(Updated as of 2/22/2024)

Summary
The area of the current landslide encompasses roughly 3 acres.  It is located at 27th Street between Irving Avenue and Grand Avenue.  27th Street is a short city street that serves 8 properties.  Landslide became active Saturday, January 27.  Due to the movement of earth, it has damaged 27th Street making it impassable.  Specific homes impacted by the slide have been posted as “Do Not Occupy” by Astoria’s Building Department out of concern for personal safety and property damage.  Utilities serving this area, both gas and water, have been shutoff as a precautionary measure.  Additionally, Public Works has closed Grand Avenue to local traffic only at the intersection of 31st Street and Grand Avenue.  This landslide is part of a historical landslide that dates back to the 1950s.  Astoria’s primary concern is for the personal safety of the residents affected by this active landslide. 

Timeline:

Saturday, January 27, 2024

  • City of Astoria Public Safety was notified of possible Landslide occurring on 27th Street.
  • City of Astoria staff responded to site and notified residents on 27th Street of concern.
  • Water and Gas Utilities were shut off on 27th Street. 
  • PHOTO LOG: 1.27.2024 

Sunday, January 28, 2024

  • Evidence of further movement in the area. (Area of concern encompasses around 3 acres, including south of Grand Ave. This is historical site for landslides).
  • Road tented.
  • Homes showing visual signs of structural stress have been posted "Do Not Occupy" by City of Astoria Building Official.
  • City staff working with Red Cross to assist homeowners and tenants displaced by Landslide. (City contact information given to all tenants and homeowners affected).
  • Grand Avenue is closed except for local traffic east of 30th Street.
  • PHOTO LOG: 1.28.2024

Monday, January 29, 2024

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

  • Landslide still active.
  • PHOTO LOG: 1.31.2024

Thursday, February 1, 2024

  • Landslide still active.
  • PHOTO LOG: 2.1.2024

Friday, February 2, 2024

  • Landslide still active.
  • PHOTO LOG: 2.2.2024

February 3, 2024 - February 9, 2024

February 10, 2024 - February 17, 2024

February 18, 2024 - February 22, 2024 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’s)

 

27TH STREET AND GRAND AVE LANDSLIDE

(Updated 1/30/2024)

 

Do we know what caused the 27th Street and Grand Ave Landslide?

 

The two major variables that impact a historical landslide area, include excessive rainfall events and corresponding high groundwater.

 

Is the 27th Street and Grand Ave landslide still active?

 

Yes. The landslide is still active. Evidence of the movement is seen through buckling or changes in surface area.

 

When will the 27th Street and Grand Ave landslide event be over?

 

Landslides are very hard to predict, as there are multiple variables that can affect the duration of a landslide including: weather patterns, topography of the area, soil type, and surface activity. City officials are constantly monitoring the area.

 

Has a landslide ever occurred in this area?

 

Yes. 27th Street and Grand Ave are a part of a historic landslide area that dates back to the 1950s and has also seen activity as recently as 1971.

How will I know if I am impacted by this landslide?

 

This landslide event appears to encompass approximately 3 acres at this time. City officials have and will continue to contact all individuals who are impacted by this landslide. If you have not been contacted by a City official, then you are considered not impacted by this event.

 

What roads are impacted by this landslide?

 

  • 27th Street south of Grand Ave. is closed.
  • Grand Avenue east of 30th Street is closed to local traffic only.

When will utilities return to this area?

 

When the landslide becomes more stationary or shows signs of increased stability, work can be resumed to restore the essential utilities serving the properties within the area.

 

How do I get more information about landslides?

 

 

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