Seeking Photos & Stories from the 1964 Montana Flood

City of Great Falls Montana

 


PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

DATE:           April 30, 2014

 

CONTACT:    Jennifer Reichelt, Deputy City Manager – 455-8417

 

 

 

SEEKING PHOTOS, STORIES & MEMORIES FROM THE 1964 MONTANA FLOOD

 

GREAT FALLS, Montana – For many it’s hard to believe that 50 years have passed, and for others they’ve only heard stories of the heroism, tragedy and suffering that took place the week of the 1964 Montana Flood. The evening of Sunday, June 7, 1964, was the first time since the Gibson Dam was built on the Sun River, that water poured over its top – indicating the start of the Great Montana Flood. This flood would eventually envelop all of the Sun River Valley and a large area in West Great Falls.

 

Next month, the City in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, State Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and Cascade County will be holding a 50th Anniversary event, on Thursday, June 12, to recognize this historic event.

 

In preparation for the event, the City would like to gather stories, photos and other memorabilia from the 1964 Montana Flood. If you have photos, testimonials or other items you’d like to share and have on display or  be used in a presentation during the 50th Anniversary Event, please contact Charlie Sheets, Development Planning and Review Coordinator at 455-8431 or visit him at the Civic Center, Planning Office (2 Park Drive South, Room 112). All items will be returned to you after the event.