Westside Seawall Sandbagging, 1948

Vintage Portland

Pedestrians along the westside seawall check out river levels during the 1948 flood. A little farther north city crews are hard at work continuing sandbagging operations to prevent flooding along SW Harbor Drive. This view is looking north from the Morrison Bridge sidewalk.

A1999-004.1024 Flood control sandbagging seawall and Morrison Bridge 1948(City of Portland Archives)

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  1. When this photo was taken the Willamette river was a lot more polluted than it is today. Somewhere around this time the river caught on fire. It was so polluted that the oil and other pollutants actually caught f ire. It had to be horrible working on this project.

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