Flood Archive

  • A commentary by Amy Echols, Public Affairs Office, and Julie Ammann, Engineering and Construction Division Frozen ground and heavy snow collided with torrential rainfall and increased temperatures in December 1964 to wipe holiday shopping and family gatherings off the calendar. The generations of Oregonians who lived through the flood came […]

    Facing yesterday’s storm today

    A commentary by Amy Echols, Public Affairs Office, and Julie Ammann, Engineering and Construction Division Frozen ground and heavy snow collided with torrential rainfall and increased temperatures in December 1964 to wipe holiday shopping and family gatherings off the calendar. The generations of Oregonians who lived through the flood came […]

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  •   By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office Rivers are the lifeblood of many communities. They irrigate crops and provide transportation and drinking water and generate electricity to power our lives. Without rivers, many communities would never have been settled. Rivers have a dark side, too. They can, with little warning, […]

    New technology means better water management when flood season arrives

      By Diana Fredlund, Public Affairs Office Rivers are the lifeblood of many communities. They irrigate crops and provide transportation and drinking water and generate electricity to power our lives. Without rivers, many communities would never have been settled. Rivers have a dark side, too. They can, with little warning, […]

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  •   By Dave Elson and Andy Bryant, National Weather Service Extreme weather conditions deliver the 1964 Christmas Flood Flooding can be a common occurrence in the Pacific Northwest in the late fall and winter. Indeed, the wettest months of the year in a region known for its rainfall are generally […]

    How it all came down

      By Dave Elson and Andy Bryant, National Weather Service Extreme weather conditions deliver the 1964 Christmas Flood Flooding can be a common occurrence in the Pacific Northwest in the late fall and winter. Indeed, the wettest months of the year in a region known for its rainfall are generally […]

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  • By Amy Echols, Public Affairs Office The early weeks of winter in 1964 delivered a massive punch to the Pacific Northwest. Floods struck hardest in Oregon’s Willamette, lower Columbia, Rogue, Umpqua and Coquille river basins and took 18 lives in Oregon alone. The region incurred great damage and took years […]

    It came and it conquered

    By Amy Echols, Public Affairs Office The early weeks of winter in 1964 delivered a massive punch to the Pacific Northwest. Floods struck hardest in Oregon’s Willamette, lower Columbia, Rogue, Umpqua and Coquille river basins and took 18 lives in Oregon alone. The region incurred great damage and took years […]

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  • We’re approaching the 50th anniversary of the Christmas Flood of 1964, and we need your help! The Corps of Engineers, Portland District is part of a multi-agency effort to develop an outreach campaign and raise flood awareness as we commemorate this historic event. If you have a story to tell […]

    Christmas flood of 1964 – Share your experiences!

    We’re approaching the 50th anniversary of the Christmas Flood of 1964, and we need your help! The Corps of Engineers, Portland District is part of a multi-agency effort to develop an outreach campaign and raise flood awareness as we commemorate this historic event. If you have a story to tell […]

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  • By Amy Echols, Public Affairs Office A few weeks after the statewide flood of 1964, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began work to “put the (Sandy) river back in the channel it was in prior to the Christmas flood.” Clackamas County commissioners asked property owners on the western slopes […]

    Shifting river, national policy changes community’s role

    By Amy Echols, Public Affairs Office A few weeks after the statewide flood of 1964, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began work to “put the (Sandy) river back in the channel it was in prior to the Christmas flood.” Clackamas County commissioners asked property owners on the western slopes […]

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