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Old 07-24-2009, 12:09 PM
 
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Default What happened in Parkdale?

I was born in Hood River and every year during the fall we drive back to town for lunch then head to beautiful Parkdale to buy fresh apples. Last year we decided to drive up to Lawrence Lake then hike to the lava flows. We were shocked to find acres and acres of nothing but destruction adjacent to the lava beds. Few trees were left standing and all underbrush was gone. I can only imagine a large water/mud flow had raced down the mountain, leaving nothing but huge boulders and sand. I was surprised an event of this magnitude was not (to my knowledge) covered in the news. If anyone is familiar with the area and knows what happened, let me know.



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Old 07-24-2009, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Medford, OR
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It was probably a wildfire. Wildfires happen all the time in oregon.
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:59 PM
 
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The boulders were only in the area without vegetation. Also, there were no charred trees.
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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My first thought was that it was a firebreak.
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:57 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley
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Looks like a landslide reworked by water to me. Check with the USGS.
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Old 10-02-2009, 04:09 PM
 
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There were several large debris flows that occurred on Mt. Hood in November of 2006, 2 of which closed hwy 35 for quite awhile. This looks like one of them.
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Old 10-02-2009, 05:45 PM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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In July 2007 there was a fire, according to this link: Fire near Hood River almost contained | Breaking News Updates from Portland and Oregon - OregonLive.com

In Oct. 2008 there was a fire in the Mt. Hood area (Gnarl Ridge), but I don't know if it's the area you're referring to. InciWeb the Incident Information System: Gnarl Ridge News Release.

Maybe this is neither here nor there: it may help, though.

Kate
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:29 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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This was the landslide of 2006 that had the Highway closed for several weeks while it was cleared. It was pretty heavily covered at the time.
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Old 10-03-2009, 02:01 AM
 
Location: Le Grand, Ca
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This was the landslide of 2006 that had the Highway closed for several weeks while it was cleared. It was pretty heavily covered at the time.
Yep...

I forget which glacier it was, but it gave way causing a HUGE landslide that took out a large portion of HWY 35. You should have seen the spit where the Hood River meets the Columbia! It was insane.

Found a photo. It was 1000x worse in person.

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Old 09-28-2010, 10:51 AM
 
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why was it a land slide
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