ASTORIA, Ore. – The Grays Harbor, Siuslaw River, Yaquina Bay, Umpqua River, Depoe Bay, Tillamook Bay and Columbia River bar entrances were closed Tuesday due to hazardous conditions.
The closures applied to all vessels, according to the Captain of the Port, Sector Columbia River in Astoria. All requests to enter during the closure must be approved.
High surf advisories were expected until 9:00 p.m. Tuesday for the South Washington and North and Central Oregon coasts.
Waves between 20 and 24 feet were producing high surf conditions.
Any questions or concerns were referred to the Coast Guard on VHF-FM Channel 16 or Sector Columbia River at (503) 861-6211.
The Coast Guard expected to reevaluate the closures constantly and reopen the waterways when weather permits.
A statement issued by the Coast Guard explained it “understands the effects these closures have on commerce and will make every effort to reopen these waterways as soon as they are considered safe for navigation.”
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