The following article originally ran in the Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1974, edition of the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

The Willamette River topped its 20-foot flood stage at 9:50 a.m. today, closing Highway 34 east of the Van Buren Street Bridge to traffic.

Pickup trucks and larger vehicles still were traveling South Third at 10 a.m., but the road was expected to be closed in south Corvallis this afternoon, according to Corvallis Police Chief James Goodman.

The Willamette River was to crest at 21 feet at 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the River Forecast Center, Army Corps of Engineers.

Temperatures in the 50s the past three days are expected to continue, but the rainfall is to decrease Thursday to showers.

There was no rainfall the first 11 days of January, but since then 7.92 inches have fallen with 4.69 inches coming in the past 48 hours.

The normal total rainfall for January in this area is 7.06, according to the National Weather Service at OSU.

Thawing conditions in the soil below 20 inches were reported at Oregon State University's Hyslop Farm, where weather readings are taken for the Corvallis area. This means better penetration of surface water than there has been in the few days.

Corvallis roads closed to traffic today were NE Conifer at Lancaster, SW Grove at Western Ave., SW Avery Ave. and Avery Park, SW Brook Lane, SE Crystal Lake Drive and SW Tunison Ave.

Many county roads, such as Bellfountain, Greenberry and Airport roads in the southern areas, were impassable, including Alpine to the east. Spring Hill Road was closed this morning in North Albany to the north of Highway 20.

There was one-way traffic at the Slide Park area between Alsea and Waldport today, because of bank slides, according to the Benton County Sheriff's Office. Between Philomath and Newport, the highway was clear.


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