The following article originally ran in the Tuesday, Jan. 15, 1974, edition of the Albany Democrat-Herald.
A soggy Mother Nature turned Albany into a poor man's Venice Monday night.
Albany residents awoke this morning to find their homes had been transformed into lakeside dwellings.
Residents of Casa Villa Apartments on Oak Street were forced to ford more than a foot of water in their driveways. One motorcyclist provided a shuttle service between homes.
High water created pressure problems with some Albany storm drains. A manhole cover on 14th Avenue near Walnut Street created a small fountain as waster was forced up through the lid.
One of the more flooded intersections was at Elm Street and 21st Avenue, here the heavy rains proved that every man's home is his castle — complete with moat.
The paperboy has the easiest part of the delivery job at a house at Highway 99E, south of Albany, that repeated a familiar mid-valley scene this morning.
On North Albany's Scenic Drive, rainwater runoff built into miniature rapids. The road reportedly was blocked early this morning by a mudslide.
Gordon Wallace, Linn County engineer, said most Linn County roads were blocked in places this morning. Most were expected to be passable this afternoon.
But Wallace said he expected creeks and rivers to keep rising as upland runoff drains into the valley.
Wallace said that although some culverts and shoulders had washed out, no major damage to roads is expected.
Robert Jossis, civil engineer with the Albany Public Works Department, said much of Albany's flooding problems stemmed from the inability of Periwinkle Creek to handle the flow.
Improvements to the creek are expected to be made this summer.