Under the program, HFM will move its gates on most of the roads to provide access to high ground above a tsunami’s highest possible projected height. Signs will be placed on all of the roads identifying them as tsunami evacuation routes. Several other roads will remain un-gated.
Many of the high points also will receive signs identifying them as assembly areas, or places above the projected high-water mark where it is safe to gather. In the near future assembly
areas will be labeled with its location’s specific latitude and longitude. These labeled points will be incorporated into a map of the area available from the Pacific County website: www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema.
The 12 evacuation routes are located at:
US Highway 101, mile marker 29.4, state radar ridge road alternate for milepost 29.5.
US Highway 101, mile marker 30.8, the south end of Seal Slough Road.
US Highway 101, mile marker 32.2, the Seal Slough 50 spur.
US Highway 101, mile marker 34.5, Middle Nemah.
US Highway 101, mile marker 34.75, Dilley Mainline.
North Nemah Road East, the back end of the Dilley Mainline.
North Nemah Road East, the Hatchery Road.
North Nemah Road East, Williams Creek.
US Highway 101, mile marker 36.9, South Palix.
US Highway 101, mile marker 38.3, Palix Mainline.
Location #1 off Government Road.
Location #2 off Government Road.
The gates are intended to safeguard the Hancock forest lands from vandalism and other unauthorized use, Boyd said.
More information on Pacific County’s tsunami evacuation program can be found at http://www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema/Tsunami.htm.