Moclips, WA Storm Washes Half of the Town Away, Feb 1911

Moclips, WA After the Storm 1911 Beach Hotel, Moclips, Wa before 1911



Half of Business Portion Swept Away and More Going With Every Tide -- Whole Village Believed Doomed.


Old-Timers Speculate as to Cause of Ocean's Fury - Some Think Course of Japanese Current Changed.

MOCLIPS, Wednesday, February 15. -- More than half of the business district of Moclips has been swept into the sea and another larger section of the town is doomed to go within the month. The north wing of the Moclips Beach Hotel has been sucked into the Pacific and is scattered for miles up and down the coast, while the south wing is suspended over the beach, supported by a few piles. That it will disappear within the next week if winter storms continue is the belief of the people of the village. The entire hotel, according to Dr. Edward Lycan, the owner, is doomed to certain destruction within a month.

The property loss in Moclips in the past few days is estimated at $25,000 and will reach the $40,000 mark before the sea has finished its work. The experience of the past three days is without parallel in the memory of the oldest residents along the coast. Exhausted by weeks of unceasing struggle against the fury of the elements, they are helpless. Dazed, they are watching the furious ocean tear at their lands and haul it down in great mouthfuls.

The men who are losers by the storm of the past few days are:
Dan Bowes, Aberdeen, cottage, $1,500.
Mrs. E. Pompey, cottage, $500.
Henry Levi, Hoquiam, cottage, $1,000.
Mrs. Inez Murphy, Elma, cottage, $800.
Moclips School, $2,000.
Warren McConnell, store, $1,000.
Forwood Bros., store, $1,200.
J. Tackett, store, $900.
Powell Hotel, $2,000.
Robert Patterson, store, $1,000.
Moclips Beach Hotel, $5,000; rest of $32,000 building doomed.

In addition to the building losses, twenty-eight lots, valued at $200 each, have been cut away and a sea wall running the entire length of the town and valued at $5,000 has been totally destroyed. The waves also swept across upper Main Street and a flat used by campers during the summer lies under four feet of water.

While the sea has been making serious in roads upon the shore line for the past three years, trouble did not begin to be serious until January 16, and even then the persistent work of the citizens was sufficient to check the inroads of the sea until Saturday, when a series of the highest tides of the year set it. January 16 the sea smashed the sea wall at the north end of town and the waves began their work of undermining the hotel.