50 Years Later, High-Water Signs Provide Reminder of 1964 Flood (Photo)
In commemoration of the 1964 flood that devastated properties throughout the Willamette River basin, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is installing high-water signs in three river cities as reminders of the risks that floods continue to present.
Corps and City of Albany staff will install three high-water-mark signs at Monteith Riverpark in Downtown Albany at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 12, 2014, two weeks before the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Christmas flood. The signs will be posted at the level flood waters reached at Ellsworth Street on December 4, 1861; December 24, 1964; and February 9, 1996. The signs also list the number of upstream dams in place at the time of the latter two floods and how much those dams reduced flood levels.
Albany is the farthest flood-affected city upstream to receive and install the high-water signs as part of a public outreach project to make people aware of flood history and flood risk in their area and to promote flood preparedness. Similar signs are being installed downstream in Turner and Oregon City, all at no cost to the cities.
The outreach project is coordinated by the Oregon Silver Jacket Team, a multiagency group focused on working together on flood issues. Agencies involved in the high-water-mark sign project include the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, Oregon Emergency Management Office, National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Corps.
* Corps representatives will attend the Albany sign installation to provide information about past floods and talk about ongoing flood risk in the region.
* Darrel Tedisch, City of Albany Emergency Management Specialist, will talk about how the City prepares for flooding and what Albany residents can do to be prepared.
* National Weather Service representatives will be available to talk about weather and river forecasting and flood warning services for the Willamette River and its tributaries.
* Oregon Emergency Management staff will also be available to discuss recent flood mitigation projects in the local area.
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