A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Another memory of this April flood

Written April 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Bryant Park road became a boat ramp on Friday afternoon.

By now we’ve probably all had our fill of high-water photos. So here’s what should be the last installment on this site, a glimpse of navigation on Albany’s Bryant Park.

There’s not much to say about it, except that boating in flood waters for fun is not exactly recommended. Imagine all the crud that has washed down from inundated parts of the valley, and that means not just the earthy sediment that has turned the water into a brownish sludge.

But then, just for novelty’s sake, it may seem just too tempting to go out there and paddle around where normally people park their cars and kids run around on the playground.

The April flood of 2019 will be remembered for the damage done to low-lying properties and roads, for the various rescues of people stranded by high water, and most of all for the tremendous traffic problems that it caused in Albany and Corvallis. And for the people in these photos, they’ll have something else to talk about in the years to come. (hh)

4 responses to “Another memory of this April flood”

  1. Max Hoefer says:

    As a kid growing up in the Willamette & Santiam flood plains, floods often were the best of times. Various neighbors would launch boats next to our house, and then the boat rides across the flooded fields to the fully flooded rivers were magical. The juncture of the two rivers in full flood was a maelstrom, judiciously skirted. And after the waters receded, we would spend months picking through the debris drifts scattered up and down the river. Exploring the damaging holes left washed out of fields inspired awe. Rarely did we give thought to the dangers. Today’s flood waters bear the gift of humanity, trash. Thanks for the memories, HH.

    • Janet Lundberg says:

      Hahaha! Good memories, cousin! And yes, awe-inspiring and magical, even when one didn’t go out in a boat. Were we really that much more intrepid than our counterpoints of today?

  2. Jim Engel says:

    O,o,o for sure. Let’s experience a flooding. Bring the kids. Lets put them in a water craft ..yes, at least with “flotation” jackets on for safety & launch. We’ve got it…. Do you dangle you’re kids over the rim of a volcano in Hawaii also???

    • centrist says:

      We don’t know Max’s age. Guessing he’s from a time and place when folks devised their own entertainment. Kids learned self-sufficiency as well as observation and problem-solving.


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