The ASCE Student group at Portland State University co-organized a free public event to recognize the 70 years of engineering, geologic, and cultural challenges and progress since the 1948 flood of Vanport. At the event they showed the 1-hour OPB Documentary about the flooding, along with multiple presentations from PSU professors, geotechnical professionals, and Ed Washington (Community Liaison for Diversity Initiatives, Global Diversity & Inclusion, PSU Presidents Office) who was a survivor of the flood.
About 75 people attended the symposium, along with other professional organizations like ASCE YMF and EWRI. If you are interested in learning more about the Vanport Flood, a link is provided below to the OPB documentary that was shown.
In a time where we are becoming more aware of the events such as Cascadia Megaquake, it is important that we come together as a community during times of unexpected crisis and disaster. The Vanport Flooding is a great example of a time when Oregonian came to help one an another, maybe not in the best ways at times, but help none the less. We should always be ready to do so again.
“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes,” as Mark Twain