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Clackamas County seeking photos, materials from 1964 flood

It's been 50 years since Clackamas County was at the heart of one of the most significant floods to take place in the Pacific Northwest.

Since flooding is an ongoing risk, the county is seeking help from the public to gather information about the 1964 flood to help residents learn about the impact of floods and how to minimize risk from future floods.

Clackamas County Emergency Management is asking county residents who are willing to share photos or other material from the 1964 flood to contact Jay Wilson, hazard mitigation coordinator in the county's Emergency Management Department. Wilson can be reached at or 503-723-4848.

The 1964 floods caused major devastation throughout the Pacific Northwest. In Clackamas County, the Willamette River rose so high that the Willamette Falls turned into rapids, Oregon City was covered in several feet of water, and homes, cabins, bridges and roadways were washed away by the Zig Zag and Sandy rivers on Mt. Hood.

For more information: Jay Wilson, or 503-723-4848.

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