The following article ran in the Thursday, January 17, 1974, edition of the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
Flood-weary Valley residents were able to smile this morning as the rain stopped, the sun shone and the Willamette and Marys rivers started to recede.
The Willamette River rose to 22.1 feet by 10 p.m. last night and remained steady until 7 a.m. before beginning to drop slowly. Flood stage is 20 feet. The Corps of Engineers River Forecast Center predicted a cresting at 7 a.m. today of 22.5 feet.
Highest reading of the Marys River at Bellfountain Road bridge was 20.8 feet yesterday afternoon. At 7 p.m. Wednesday it was 20.3 feet and at 7 a.m. today it was down two-tenths and falling.
Forty-six persons were evacuated yesterday from South Corvallis. Many of the families went to friends' homes while the Red Cross found shelter for seven families with Corvallis families opening their homes. Two Oregon State University students were given shelter at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house.
William J. Forrest, disaster chairman for the Benton County Red Cross chapter, said McDonald's Restaurant donated more than 100 hamburgers to evacuated families and those remaining in a Tunison Lane apartment.
Forrest added that Linn and Benton Housing Authority donated $100 to the Red Cross to buy food for evacuees, and canned goods and baby food had been given by the Vina Moses Center.
Churches in Corvallis were on standby to provide food service if necessary. Benton County YMCA offered shelter and the Four-Wheel Drive Club provided transportation as needed by the evacuees.
Benton County Sheriff's Search and Rescue vehicle was in service all morning Thursday, ferrying persons by 2 1/2-ton military trucks across high water on Spring Hill Road in North Albany. At the Albany bridge, Linn County Sheriff's personnel bused the passengers to their places of work.
The Willamette River was expected to crest about noon in Albany.
James A. Blodgett, director of emergency services in Benton County, said rescue units would remain on alert until after this crest, expected to be about a foot higher than the 29.1-foot reading at 7 a.m. today.
The National Guard was helping persons out of the high water on Quarry Road in North Albany. The Guard handled most of the driving in South Corvallis during the evacuation of families yesterday.
However, 10 persons were brought over SW Brook Lane to boat yesterday and deputies from the sheriff's office drove four persons through high water on Hopkins Lane.
A warming trend with highs in the mid-50s is expected to continue, with rain predicted again Friday.
"Hopefully, we are out of the woods for a time with the high water," said Blodgett.
Difficulties in getting school buses through flooded roads kept three Corvallis elementary schools — Inavale, Lincoln and Dixie — closed again today.
No Corvallis schools were damaged from the flooding, according to Fred Quale, assistant superintendent of the Corvallis School District. A few leaky roofs were the only problem encountered, he said.
Philomath Schools Supt. Al Neet also breathed a sigh of relief at this morning's clear skies.
"We were right at the breaking point," he said. "But we were fortunate. We had no problem with flooding and no schools were closed. Everything turned out OK."