We know this spot well-- this is where the pipeline carrying water diverted at the Powerdale Dam crosses the Hood River on its way down to the hydroelectric generator. It looks as if the floodwaters have lifted the bridge off its foundations and carried it a ways downstream. I suspect it took some time before they could restore power generation.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Tags: Alva_Day aqueduct bridge electricity flood Hood_River pipeline Powerdale
Wow, what a flood.....! What date may this have been? I don't think I've ever seen the Hood so High....! It must also be lapping at the railway bridge down stream a bit.
James on 17th December 2021 @ 8:19am
I was just looking for some history news about the 1964 Christmas Flood. I can't find anything about the Hood River. I would think it would have been a raging torrent like this photo. Rufus, Biggs, John Day River, White River all make the news.
L.E. on 17th December 2021 @ 8:40am
I'm having a hard time imaging where the photographer was standing unless there is easyish access to the island just south of the crossing. I think the west bank angles in too far, but I may be mistaken.
Will on 17th December 2021 @ 12:55pm
I have been on that island but access wasn't easy even at normal water level. I think the river bank curves back around as the railroad tracks climb affording this view as long as there isn't a train coming.
ArthurB on 17th December 2021 @ 3:49pm
Does Indian Creek come in, around that point?
L.E. on 17th December 2021 @ 4:44pm
Indian Creek is about half a mile downstream from here.
ArthurB on 17th December 2021 @ 5:13pm
This photo is taken from the railroad tracks on the East bank about where the river makes a sharp left turn above the crossing.
RalphK on 18th December 2021 @ 1:27am