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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 15, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Dec. 15, 1919


Floods Imminent With Rain — Weather Moderates — Portland Resumes Normal —Warmer Over Entire West — Local Conditions Improve — Predict Warm Rain and Wind.

Portland, Dec. 15. — Warmer weather greeted Oregon residents today and the thermometer was reported climbing steadily. At midnight 13 above was recorded, and at 9 o’clock this morning thermometers registered19 above.

Schools, which were closed most of last week, reopened today and deliveries of milk and fuel was resumed to homes.

Warm rains or considerable warmer weather now is feared because of possible flood conditions which would result. Snow on the streets is being hauled away as quickly as possible. Steel ships are able to negotiate the Columbia and Willamette rivers but wooden vessels are not attempting to move because of the heavy ice floes.


The backbone of the cold wave in this section seems to have been broken, a change in the weather seems imminent, and everyone is now guessing as to what the next weather phase will be. Rain or snow and not so cold is the official prediction for tonight and Tuesday. The not so cold part of the forecast is very welcome, but neither rain nor snow is wanted, as either would do much damage it is figured, the former by causing bad flood conditions and the latter by adding more power and general wire trouble, besides augmenting the already great inconvenience of walking and driving.

Following Sunday’s minimum temperature of 6 and five-tenths degrees below zero and maximum of 22 degrees above, the minimum temperature of this morning was zero, a welcome decrease but still too cold for comfort. This noon the thermometer had risen to 25 degrees above.

Much progress is now being made in repairing the storm and extreme cold damage in the way of public utilities, but there is still worlds of work to be done before normal telephone and power service is restored. The repair men who have been working at utmost tension the past few days and are about worked out with the difficult tasks and very long hours in zero weather are now taking it easier and only working the regular schedule of day hours.The California-Oregon Power company line menand repair staff has done and is doing an especially herculean task — the men from Superintendent Walther down putting in many hours daily. The company now has succeeded in getting the main power line feeders working and has restored light and power service to the cities and towns in this district. Eagle Point was the last town to be restored today. It will be a week however before the service is restored in the country sections.

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