Coastal erosion sweeping away seaside community in Washington state

Riparian homeowners on both sides of the country are wondering this week how to respond to the dramatic coastal erosion.

In northeast Florida, cities, businesses and the state continue to plan to rebuild waterfront infrastructure lost to Hurricane Matthew.

Meanwhile, along the washington state coast, erosion threatens not only homes and a vital road, but a multi-million dollar cranberry industry. The Pacific Northwest dodged a bullet this weekend when the remnants of a typhoon passed further offshore than expected.

Yet the erosion of a seaside community is so fast, to back down or struggle is involved.

Tom banse with Here Now Northwest News Network contributor reports from the aptly named Washaway Beach.

Neighborhood lanes end in the air at Washaway Beach. (Tom Banse / Northwest News Network)
Washaway Beach shoreline in 1990 (USGS via Google Maps)
Washaway Beach shoreline in 1990 (USGS via Google Maps)
Aerial view of Washaway Beach in 2011. The red line marks the shore in 1990. (Google Maps)
Aerial view of Washaway Beach in 2011. The red line marks the shore in 1990. (Google Maps)
The people tied driftwood and stumps together as a makeshift defense to protect the base of the low bank.  (Tom Banse / Northwest News Network)
The people tied driftwood and stumps together as a makeshift defense to protect the base of the low bank. (Tom Banse / Northwest News Network)
Cranberry growers David Cottrell and Connie Allen want to see more action defending the precious cranberry bogs between Grayland and North Cove, Washington.  (Tom Banse / Northwest News Network)
Cranberry growers David Cottrell and Connie Allen want to see more action to defend the precious cranberry bogs between Grayland and North Cove, Washington. (Tom Banse / Northwest News Network)
Owner Tom Burchard - along with his dog Bo - looks resigned to the prospect of soon losing the waterfront property he said he got back on the cheap.  (Tom Banse / Northwest News Network)
Owner Tom Burchard – along with his dog Bo – looks resigned to the prospect of soon losing the waterfront property he said he got back on the cheap. (Tom Banse / Northwest News Network)

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Tom banse, regional correspondent for Northwest News Network. He tweets @TomBanse.



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