Mayor of Ocean Shores declares beach erosion emergency

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. (AP) — The mayor of the Washington coast community of Ocean Shores has declared a state of emergency after recent big waves and high tides damaged giant protective sandbags that protect several houses and condos from beach erosion.

Mayor Crystal Dingler says she's concerned that land behind the damaged sandbags will be undermined in future storms and the bluff will start falling off.

The city installed the giant sandbags called "geotubes" in the 1990s to protect the properties. Dingler says they were meant to be a temporary fix and they have lasted 15 years. She says there wasn't enough money to come up with a permanent solution.

The emergency declaration gives Dingler the power to make fixes quickly.