TUESDAY 10-22-2013

Oct 22, 2013 -- 5:49pm

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GUEST INFORMATION 10-22-2013

6:35 Former Governor Jesse Ventura, Though many have researched the assassination of JFK, Jesse Ventura has dedicated over thirty years to finding the truth. His new book They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK shares his findings and dissects the many theories surrounding the president's murder.

7:10 State Rep. Sal Esquivel - Mileage tax coming?

7:35 Dale Matthews, "Bad County.Com". His latest video spotlights having to pay your fine first, in order to ask for your code enforcement trial.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present" - 1997 New Years Deay Flood:

Ashland New Year’s Day Flood of 1997

By Dennis Powers

Jackson and Josephine County have experienced eleven major floods over the last century, the landmark event occurring in 1964, which set most of the high-water records for the region. The area later experienced in late-December 1996 and early 1997 another destructive event, known as the “New Year’s Day Flood.” This impacted residents on both sides of the border, in Oregon and California.

Similar to 1964, a warm rain followed weeks of heavy snowfall on the mountains, and the streams and rivers rose to 100-year flood levels, leading to flooding in both urban and rural areas. This caused over $12 million in damages to homes, businesses, and infrastructure in Jackson County alone; more than 1,500 people were evacuated and over 1,000 properties damaged. In January 1997, President Clinton declared fourteen Oregon counties--including Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties--eligible for disaster assistance.

Over 70 landslides occurred throughout Jackson County, but Ashland was hardest hit when Ashland Creek surged down to cut the town in half. With turbulent, muddy, dangerous waters, the swollen creek pounded through Lithia Park. When logs, mud, and debris clogged the culverts under Winburn Way at the entrance to Lithia Park, the massive tsunami-like flood leaped over its banks to flood the park and downtown plaza.

Residents awoke on New Years Day to discover that the currents had ripped through streets, caused massive infrastructural damage, and severed the main sewer and water lines with a 20-foot waterfall that thundered through a street. The main arteries of Main Street and Lithia Way through the town were impassable, and traffic needed to be detoured to I-5 and over out-of the-way back streets.   

Depending on the area, running water and sewage service was cut for a week or more. Numerous houses were flooded and people had to evacuate or get to higher floors. For days, residents put garbage cans out to collect rainwater, stood in line for drinking water from National Guard water trucks, and even pooled money to rent portable toilets for their neighborhoods. Accounting for over 1/3rd of the county’s losses, Ashland incurred $4.5 million in damages, due to the destruction and damage to its homes, businesses, Lithia Park, structures, bridges, and streets. Nobody thankfully was reported to be seriously injured.

Marty Bryant’s “Caring Friends” supplied food, clothing, and furniture for 200 families who lost or incurred damaged homes. As Ashland rebuilt, the city and residents turned Lithia Park back into the centerpiece that it is today. Learning the hard way about natural disaster preparedness, the town created a Community Emergency Response Team (“CERT”) program and has trained over 500 volunteers in emergency preparedness. 

Sources: Vickie Aldous, “City Reduces Flood Risk,” Ashland Daily Tidings, November 17, 2007, at On the Flood; See Flood Pictures and KDRV-TV Video.

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