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Wilf Woods | 1948 flood led to taming of the Columbia River

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The great 1948 flood did more than cause death and destruction.

It became evident that upstream storage on the Columbia River was a necessity for the future, and spurred action between Canada and the U.S. about the river.

Action did not come swiftly. Crusty old Canadian General Andrew McNaughton, representing his country, threatened to divert the upper river west to the Fraser River, a dramatic though probably unlikely idea.

It took 15 years after the great flood for the treaty…

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