Flood Archive

  • Tom Conning Public Affairs Office Unrelenting, continuous rains and snow-melt brought western rivers to near-flood or flood stages, including the Columbia and Willamette rivers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners have been managing the incoming water to reduce flood risks and providing support to local and state […]

    Weather, water wage war along Columbia River

    Tom Conning Public Affairs Office Unrelenting, continuous rains and snow-melt brought western rivers to near-flood or flood stages, including the Columbia and Willamette rivers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners have been managing the incoming water to reduce flood risks and providing support to local and state […]

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  • The winter of 1995-96 was one of the wettest on record in the Pacific Northwest. As early as November, there were signs this would be an unusual water year. Heavy rains in the last week of November and early December brought flooding in Clackamas and Tillamook counties, and in several […]

    The flood of ’96: the challenges and the Corps response

    The winter of 1995-96 was one of the wettest on record in the Pacific Northwest. As early as November, there were signs this would be an unusual water year. Heavy rains in the last week of November and early December brought flooding in Clackamas and Tillamook counties, and in several […]

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  • Oregon Silver Jackets take on flood risks By  Ryan Cahill, Engineering and Construction Division   There’s no way to avoid the impacts of extreme weather events. In the northwest those extreme events often arrive in the form of floods. Big floods, like in 1948, 1964 and 1996. Oregonians are resilient people […]

    Silver is the new black … and red, blue and green

    Oregon Silver Jackets take on flood risks By  Ryan Cahill, Engineering and Construction Division   There’s no way to avoid the impacts of extreme weather events. In the northwest those extreme events often arrive in the form of floods. Big floods, like in 1948, 1964 and 1996. Oregonians are resilient people […]

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  • Myth:  I’m not in the 100-year flood zone, so I won’t flood. Fact:  Fact is we all live in a flood zone. Risk doesn’t stop at a line on a map. Twenty percent of flood insurance claims come from areas considered moderate to low risk for flooding. Expect the unexpected and […]

    Flood Risks: Myths v.s. Facts

    Myth:  I’m not in the 100-year flood zone, so I won’t flood. Fact:  Fact is we all live in a flood zone. Risk doesn’t stop at a line on a map. Twenty percent of flood insurance claims come from areas considered moderate to low risk for flooding. Expect the unexpected and […]

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  •   Oregon and southwest Washington has experienced pretty significant rainfall in the past week or two. This raises the question in some people’s minds about the risk for flood in these areas and how Portland District manages its reservoirs to keep people and property safe during the region’s major rainy season […]

    A primer on flood risk management

      Oregon and southwest Washington has experienced pretty significant rainfall in the past week or two. This raises the question in some people’s minds about the risk for flood in these areas and how Portland District manages its reservoirs to keep people and property safe during the region’s major rainy season […]

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  •   The Oregon Silver Jackets, an interagency team that addresses flooding emergencies and flood preparedness within the state, was recently named the national 2015 Silver Jackets Team of the Year. The Silver Jackets is a national initiative under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood Risk Management Program, which leverages […]

    Oregon Silver Jackets: a model to the nation

      The Oregon Silver Jackets, an interagency team that addresses flooding emergencies and flood preparedness within the state, was recently named the national 2015 Silver Jackets Team of the Year. The Silver Jackets is a national initiative under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood Risk Management Program, which leverages […]

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  • Inter-District staffing provides dam safety solution By Amy Echols, Portland District Public Affairs Office and John Prettyman, Sacramento District Public Affairs Office The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Sacramento District is facing one of its toughest engineering projects with help from Portland District: upgrading Isabella Lake Dam in southern California. […]

    3-D modeling key to innovative labyrinth spillway

    Inter-District staffing provides dam safety solution By Amy Echols, Portland District Public Affairs Office and John Prettyman, Sacramento District Public Affairs Office The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Sacramento District is facing one of its toughest engineering projects with help from Portland District: upgrading Isabella Lake Dam in southern California. […]

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  • Memories from Mark Allen, Security and Law Enforcement Office I was just a kid but I recall the Christmas Flood of 1964 very well. Below are my memories from that time – I remember going out to Sauvie Island with my family and seeing the water levels of the Columbia […]

    Remembering the Christmas Flood of 1964

    Memories from Mark Allen, Security and Law Enforcement Office I was just a kid but I recall the Christmas Flood of 1964 very well. Below are my memories from that time – I remember going out to Sauvie Island with my family and seeing the water levels of the Columbia […]

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  •   By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office “We had lots of rain in the years before,” said Carolyn Booth. “But nothing like this.” The amount of water from rain and snow melt in February 1996 took a lot of people by surprise. “The water was about three feet from the […]

    Volunteers: vital to community preparedness

      By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office “We had lots of rain in the years before,” said Carolyn Booth. “But nothing like this.” The amount of water from rain and snow melt in February 1996 took a lot of people by surprise. “The water was about three feet from the […]

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  • By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office When you woke up this morning, you probably took a quick look out the window or at your favorite news outlet to see how much rain to expect. For most, those few seconds of advance notice and planning is all we need.But a small […]

    Regulators behind the scenes keep reservoirs, rivers on target

    By Scott Clemans, Public Affairs Office When you woke up this morning, you probably took a quick look out the window or at your favorite news outlet to see how much rain to expect. For most, those few seconds of advance notice and planning is all we need.But a small […]

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