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Tsunami: Officials identify man killed in Crescent City

March 12, 2011 |  1:32 pm

As residents and officials began to assess the damage in Crescent City from Friday’s tsunami, high waves continued to surge in this hard-hit Northern California town, and the curious were warned to stay away from local beaches because of the potential for continued danger.

The tsunami’s one West Coast casualty was identified by Del Norte County Sheriff Cmdr. Bill Steven as Dustin Weber, 25, believed to be from Bend, Ore. Weber was swept out to sea while photographing the waves with friends near the mouth of the Klamath River.

At a Saturday morning briefing about the tsunami response, Crescent City Harbormaster Richard Young asked state and federal officials for help as the city digs out of the disaster, which “destroyed” the harbor and dealt a painful blow to the local economy.

“We’re facing not only physical disaster, but financial disaster,” he told a small crowd at the county administrative center that included Rep. Mike Thompson, Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro and Mike Dayton, acting secretary of the state emergency management agency.

“Our business activity came to a screeching halt yesterday, and that affects the entire community,” said Young, who said that authorities have not yet placed a dollar-figure on the damage. 

-- Maria L. La Ganga