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Posted: Sunday, May 8, 2011 2:00 am | Updated: 8:34 am, Tue Apr 22, 2014.

Editor’s note: This story first was published in 2004, the 40th anniversary of the disastrous 1964 flood. It is being re-run because of the current flood potential.

When torrential rains poured on top of a heavy mountain snowpack on June 8-9, 1964, it caused, by some measures, one of the most powerful flash floods in the United States during the 20th century.

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          Welcome to the discussion.

          3 comments:

          • MrMark posted at 11:52 pm on Fri, May 13, 2011.

            MrMark Posts: 359

            What a great story! Heartbreaking, but great.

             
          • OH WILBER posted at 4:57 pm on Sun, May 8, 2011.

            OH WILBER Posts: 275

            Thank you for great reporting and keeping people in the valley informed about the present flood danger. Had the Daily Inter Lake kept us informed before the 1964 flood hit Evergreen, we would have been better prepared then.

            Back in 1964, Evergreen was a bad word in Kalispell politics. People were told not to buy land in Evergreen because it was a bad investment. Evergreen has been through a few floods now and is now better prepared for disasters with extensive dykes along the Flathead River. Hopefully, Kalispell will desist with their efforts with annexing Evergreen, and work on their own flood danger in the Ashley Creek Drainage. Bad city planning led to building subdivisions in swamplands south of Kalispell.

            Again I thank you for keeping us posted about the dangerous possibility of flooding. Good journalism makes for a better community to live, grow and prosper cooperatively instead of reading the newspaper that used to print the news that was 3 days after the fact.

             
          • ChuckieInMT posted at 3:20 pm on Sun, May 8, 2011.

            ChuckieInMT Posts: 100

            This just makes me want to stick in sum Johnny Cash, cuz it's Two Feet High -n- Risin' -
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91OIaPRrDts&feature=related

             

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