Note to home buyers: if you're about to purchase vacation property at a place called "Washaway Beach" it may behoove you to ask how the destination got its name. It's a lesson Justin Grant's family learned the hard way when their cabin near North Cove finally collapsed early on Sunday after the last 30 feet that had separated it from the Pacific Ocean eroded away.
The Washington State Department of Ecology states on its website that the erosion at Washaway Beach is caused by a northbound tidal channel that is getting deeper and wider. It has apparently claimed 20 houses in "recent decades" as well as done damage to the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, which is known for its huge populations of chum, chinook, and coho salmon.
KING 5 has the visual.