A glance at the Christmas Flood of 1964

GRANTS PASS — Rainfall in December 1964 set records around the Northwest, including 16.06 inches for the month in Grants Pass, which was a record until the 19.94 inches in 1996. The now abandoned town of Valsetz in Polk County had 40.25 inches of rain in December 1964.

— 17 people died in Oregon during the widespread flooding.

— After heavy snows fell in Oregon from Dec. 18-20, up to 11 inches in Portland, a warm train of storms known as the Pineapple Express began slamming the Northwest. The remnants of the Super-typhoon Opal earlier in the month contributed, according to the National Weather Service.


Information from: Daily Courier



I remember December 1964 very well. Even after the rains the ground around Mac was so saturated and soft and deep I felt that any earthquake would demolish every roadside bank and berm and every country road would slide out of existence. Fortunately, no earthquake materialized!

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