Arcadia Publishing, 2014. Trade Paperback. Item #284019
127 pages. Images of America series. Over Christmas 1964, a major flood struck Northwestern California, wiping away entire towns and devastating many others. This collection of more than 200 photographs, taken by Rudy Gillard at the time, remained unpublished until this book, issued for the 50th anniversary of the events.. A new copy.
The 1964 flood in the Eel and Klamath Rivers drainages represents an extreme weather event. Both the Northern California and Southern Oregon coasts are host to many floods, but the 1964 flood stands out as a representation of the perfect storm. Three events occurred that led to the flood. First, a cold front moved in and dropped several feet of snow. Second, a warm front called the pineapple connection moved in and released lots of rain while melting the snowfall local measurements varied from 20 to 32 inches of rainwater in three days. And third, the highest tide of the year had backed up debris and water for several miles. At its peak, the Eel River was discharging more than 800,000 cubic feet per second. Another contributing factor was that besides being one of the fastest rising and falling rivers in the world, the Eel River has the heaviest sediment load second only to the Yellow River in China."