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April 16, 2021

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With its location, right on the banks of the Willamette, the Oaks has flooded several times. When I worked at KLIQ (1968 - 1971) -- which was located in Oaks Park -- you could see several reminders of the Christmas Flood of 1964 that covered the floor of the station under about four feet of water.

A favorite were the marks on the main transmitter that were about halfway to the top. There were glass doors on the thing so you could see what was going on inside. The finals were above the high-water mark and were saved, but the huge transformers on the bottom of the box were wiped out.

1964 Christmas flood, the lower deck of the Steel Bridge (Railroad level) was underwater, and it was hit by a 1,000 log raft.

I recall the logs hitting the Steel Bridge, dad got a chuckle, he worked at Willbridge, SP&S then. Said they shouldve figured, closed the whole thing, and raised the rail deck.

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