PORTLAND -- Oregon's massive fall beach cleanup scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, has been canceled, according to organizers. It's the first time the event has been canceled in its nearly 30 years.
SOLVE, the nonprofit that organizes the volunteer efforts, said that its 47 sites along the coast would be closed due to severe weather expected over the weekend.
Maureen Fisher, executive director for SOLVE, said that the group was working to reschedule the event, but that the safety of the volunteers was at risk. The coast is expected to see 60 to 70 mph winds and flooding along U.S. Highway 101.
"When you have that many volunteers, safety has to be the biggest concern," Fisher said. "We're going to work very quickly to get those rescheduled."
SOLVE expected about 5,000 volunteers to show up for the event which has been held every fall since 1985.
Some 60 inland cleanup sites will go forward with their scheduled activities, said Fisher.
"After this storm there will be even more trash and debris on the beaches for us all to clean up," Fisher said. "But the message right now is stay home, stay safe. We're working on new dates."
Look for rescheduling information on the SOLVE website.