New images of an old flood

Men stand outside the former Book Nook at First Avenue and Main Street as floodwaters inundate downtown Walla Walla in 1931.

Men stand outside the former Book Nook at First Avenue and Main Street as floodwaters inundate downtown Walla Walla in 1931. Courtesy Joe Drazan

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The local photo archive project Bygone Walla Walla, which is spearheaded by retired Whitman College librarian Joe Drazan, has turned up a new set of photos from the flood of 1931, which hit the city as March ended and April began. Drazan received the new photos from Dan Seese. The photographer is uknown at this time, Drazan said.

The flood of 1931, like similar inundations in 1964 and 1996, occurred during a Chinook, when warm temperatures and rain can overwhelm nature’s ability to soak up precipitation. The 1931 flood led to the flood-control measures that are in place today.

Many, many more historic photos are available at www.wallawalladrazanphotos.blogspot.com. If you have photos to share, email Drazan at skippycat3@charter.net.

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