Lecture: The Vanport Flood
The second largest city in Oregon was gone in a day…
The History Museum of Hood River County presents The Vanport Flood as a virtual event on Tuesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Presenters Pat Barry and Len Otto share the dramatic story of the levee breach on the Columbia River that caused the infamous flood. The community of 18,500 suffered unimaginable losses–but miraculously, only 15 deaths. Vanport city was built during World War II as housing for Kaiser shipyard workers in Vancouver and Portland. Constructed on reclaimed lowlands between Portland and the Columbia River, the site was especially vulnerable to flooding. The levee failed at 4:05 p.m. and the city was underwater by nightfall. Learn more and register at https://www.hoodriverhistorymuseum.org/events-rental
Cost: Free; Suggested donation $10; advance registration required.
Photo credit: Oregon Historical Society