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The year 1974 began with a long, cold spell in the mid-valley.

But forecasters predicted largely dry conditions, thanks to deceptively blue skies.

Temperatures dropped.

Ice formed.

Yet residents focused their concerns on rising gas prices and the ongoing tumult in Richard Nixon's White House.

And then, on Friday, January 11, the rain hit.

Warmer weather thawed the ice.

Winds arrived, pushing out the freezing air.

The rain continued.

And continued.

And continued.

Then came the water.

And then came trouble.


January 15: Forecast sees little rain letup (Albany Democrat-Herald)

January 15: Water forces evacuations, closes schools (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

January 15: Rain makes lakeside villas (Albany Democrat-Herald)

January 16: Fight continues as river rises (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

January 16: Intense rainstorm passes; effects to linger for days (Albany Democrat-Herald)

January 16: Flooding Willamette submerges Highway 34 (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

January 16: Water draining from most roads (Albany Democrat-Herald)

January 16: River threatens several tons of frozen food (Albany Democrat-Herald)

January 16: Albany council, staff wrestle with drainage problems (Albany Democrat-Herald)

January 17: Rivers recede as sun shines (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

January 17: Flood nearly launched boat (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

January 17: Forecast may not be 'sunny' yet (Albany Democrat-Herald)

January 18: Waves from passing vehicles damage SW Third businesses (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

January 18: County estimates $500,000 damage (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

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