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Friday, May 28, 2010

62 Years Ago This Week, Portland Flooded.

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 2:19 PM

The rain will never end. I've given up. I've made my peace with the cruel God who made me replace the sun with a cheap, sad lightbulb that claims to shine in my bedroom with the same light spectrum as that damned foreign star.

But as the drizzle continues, I'm remembering that 62 years ago this week there was a REAL flood, a flood that wiped out homes of nearly 40,000 Portlanders, most of them black. OPB has interviews with survivors of the Vanport Flood and the City Archives has awesome pictures from the days after the flood.

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