Vanport City was born out of WWII as the Oregon Shipbuilding Company rushed to provide housing for the influx of workers in the shipyards. By 1943 it was the second-largest city in Oregon and remains the largest government housing project in U.S. History. In 1948 the Columbia River Dike broke and wiped out the entire city in a massive flood. This film explores the flood and Vanport City and its impact on the city of Portland.
This is the near-final version going to DVD. Those living in Oregon can see it aired on OPB's Independent Lens every now and again. Comments/Suggestions welcome!
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