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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 21, 1921

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

Feb. 21, 1921

MEDFORD IS FLOODED BY CLOUD BURST

For the second Sunday in succession Medford and the valley had continuous downpour of rain yesterday, and in addition there was a small cloudburst in the Griffin creek district southwest of the city which sent a flood of water towards the city and into it in that section west of Bear creek, which centered between the Medford Ice and Storage company plant and the Vorheis crossing south of the city, washing out much Southern Pacific railroad track. Both sections of northbound train No. 54, the first one due in Medford daily at 5:30 p.m. did not reach the city until after 8 p.m.

A number of streets were flooded, especially in the west side, and the cellars and basements of many homes and business places were filled with water, as well as yards and lots.

This flooding seemed to come form the general downpour of rain, the ground being so saturated with moisture that the falling precipitation flowed away on the surface with the exception that the cloudburst water added to the general overflow on South Oakdale, Ivy, Grape, Fir and Front streets and Central avenue and South Riverside south of Main street.

The latter thoroughfares seemed to be the worst flooded, especially South Riverside which flowed with water from curb to curb and over the curbs. The lower parts of the Sunrise laundry and the Riverside apartments were filled with muddy water. At the latter place the water from the street flowed on through the basement out into Bear creek in the rear without causing any damage. The floor of the laundry building however was covered with muddy water, which caused much inconvenience until it was pumped out this morning. Little damage was done though, and the laundry was in full operation today as usual.

South Oakdale, Dakota and Catherine streets were filled with rushing water which it is thought came from the cloudburst. The overflow water on South Oakdale entered into the basement of the Christian church and into the lower part of the furnace, hence no services could be held in the church last night because of inability to use the heating plant.

The cellar of the Medford grocery company building had several inches of water in it.

The Tumy garage on Front street, which was flooded a week ago Sunday, this time was filled with water, but fortunately all the cars stored there were gotten out in time.

A number of bridges in the Griffin creek district were washed out, according to reports received in the city this noon.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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