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A member of the Albany street maintenance crew, Leon H. Mahoney, uses a front-end loader to shove rock and gravel into an area under the Stokely-VanCamp Inc. food processing plant at the foot of Hill Street. The plant's cold storage warehouse was in danger of being undermined by the raging Willamette River until the gap was filled.

Democrat-Herald (File)

The following article ran in the Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1974, edition of the Albany Democrat-Herald.

So far, so good, said Marion Spear, but if things get worse, several tons of frozen food could be floating down the Willamette River.

Spear is manager of Stokely-Van Camp Inc. His plant is located at the foot of Hill Street, not too far from the very full and very muddy river.

Tuesday, City of Albany crews were busy hauling in 15 yards of gravel to stem the water undermining the cold storage warehouse.

That seemed to do the trick, Spear said Tuesday afternoon. "We caught it before it got to be a big problem. There's no problem unless the whole wall falls."

Not far from the warehouse, workmen were also dumping rock down a large washout of a main interceptor sewer line.

City Public Works director O.M. "Mugs" Payton said the washout was discovered about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

"It would have gone out in the river if he hadn't stopped it," he said.


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