"Dikes are Safe at Present": The 1948 Columbia River Flood and the Destruction of Vanport

East to The Dalles

Troutdale after the flood, photo 1

Troutdale, Oregon, on the Columbia.

Troutdale after the flood, photo 2

Another view of Troutdale during the flood.

The Dalles

The Dalles, Oregon, fifty miles to the east of Portland.

On Sunday, May 23, 1948, high waters at The Dalles caused no flood damage, but the Dalles-Cenino canal was closed to river traffic after a tug boat sank, killing two operators.

The Dalles, photo 2

Another view of the inundated waterfront at The Dalles.

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