Oregon Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival

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It’s only human to be fascinated by disasters—and uplifted by reports of survival in the face of overwhelming circumstances. Rachel Dresbeck takes you back to Oregon’s most catastrophic events, vividly re-creating the moments that changed the Beaver State forever. The twenty true stories in Oregon Disasters are a chilling reminder to expect the unexpected and to respect the powerful, often deadly forces of ...

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Overview

It’s only human to be fascinated by disasters—and uplifted by reports of survival in the face of overwhelming circumstances. Rachel Dresbeck takes you back to Oregon’s most catastrophic events, vividly re-creating the moments that changed the Beaver State forever. The twenty true stories in Oregon Disasters are a chilling reminder to expect the unexpected and to respect the powerful, often deadly forces of nature.

 

Experience the drama of:

The 1903 flash flood that killed nearly one-quarter of the population of Heppner

The 1922 fire that devoured the resilient city of Astoria

A 1978 plane crash in East Portland that claimed surprisingly few lives

The rescue of Mount Hood climbers injured in a 250-foot slide in 2002

A century of marine accidents—the Mimi in 1913, the New Carissa in 1999, and the Taki-Tooo fishing charter in 2003

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On Sunday, June 14, 1903, the skies above the farming community of Heppner, Oregon, darkened and the rains began. By 5:00 p.m., floodwaters were rising in the south part of town. Then they burst their confines, pushing 70 million pounds of water into the tiny, defenseless hamlet. By the time it was over, more than 3 billion pounds of water had leveled the town, killing a quarter of the population in mere minutes. The Heppner flash flood is just one of 20 Oregon disasters covered in this book by the author of the Insiders' Guide to the Oregon Coast. Other episodes covered include the 1964 tsunami and the deadly Mount Hood avalanche of 1927.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762739936
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: Disasters Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Dresbeck is a writer and editor who lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two children, and dog. Among other things, she is coauthor of Insiders' Guide to Portland, Oregon, and Insiders' Guide to the Oregon Coast. The daughter of two historians, she has long meditated on the scope and variety of disasters and how they shape the human experience and test the will of people.

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Events happend so quickly that it was hard to know exactly what happened. Truck driver Kevin Sterba was driving a wood-chip truck--slowly, with the lights turned on, since smoke was limiting what he could see. Suddenly, he said, there was a big black cloud of smoke that absolutely blinding. A dairy truck driver said he could see for about 100 yards; then all at once, he was engulfed by darkness. Somehow, he was able to drive between the chip truck and another car. Then he climbed out of his truck and into an inferno. Trucks were on fire. Cars were on fire. People were climbing through the grass on the side of the freeway and running from the flames. Then, said another survivor, there was nothing but "glass busting, metal crushing, and screaming."

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Table of Contents

(1) Introduction (2) The Heppner Flood, 1903 (3) The Wreck of the Mimi, 1913 (4) The Astoria Fire, 1922 (5) The Mazamas on Coe Glacier, 1927 (6) The Tillamook Burn, 1933 (7) The Vanport Flood, 1948 (8) Three Blizzards, 1950 (9) The Columbus Day Storm, 1962 (10) Tsunami, 1964 (11) The Willamette River Flood, 1964 (12) The Brookings-Harbor Rescues, 1972 (13) The Last Journey of Flight 173, 1978 (14) The Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 (15) The Oregon Episcopal School Climb, 1986 (16) Chain-Reaction Car Accident, 1988 (17) Raging Waters, 1995-1996 (18) The Wreck of the New Carissa, 1999 (19) Mount Hood Climbing Accident, 2002 (20) The Biscuit Fire, 2002 (21) The Sinking of the Taki-Tooo, 2002 (22) Bibliography (23) About the Author

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