Past, Present and Future of Flood Safety

Join Flood Safe Columbia River on a walking tour that highlights Vanport’s history, the conditions that led to the devastating flood that destroyed the City of Vanport, and what community partners are doing today to upgrade flood control infrastructure and manage flood risk in a changing climate. Hear stories from a Vanport survivor.

The walking tour will start at the Vanport Marker near the Delta Park MAX Station, and will end at the site of the historic embankment failure. There is an option to walk back to the MAX station together. Expect about an hour and a half of walking total, about 40 minutes (2 miles) in both directions.  Water and light refreshments will be provided.

This event is hosted as part of the 2023 Vanport Mosaic Festival that commemorates the 75th anniversary of the flood that destroyed Vanport and honors the community that called Vanport home. 

When: Sunday, May 21st from 10am to 12:30pm

Where: Meet at the Vanport Marker near the Delta Park MAX Station.

Registration: Please register online here.

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Aster Moulton (they/them)

Public Affairs and Community Relations Specialist

Multnomah County Drainage District #1 (MCDD)

1880 NE Elrod Drive Portland, OR 97211

Mobile: 971-940-6311



Mission: To enhance community safety and support the region’s vitality by reducing flood risk, maintaining our levee system, managing drainage, and responding to emergencies.

What is MCDD?  MCDD provides flood protection by maintaining the Columbia River Corridor levee system and removing stormwater for residents and businesses.  MCDD also serves three other drainage districts along the south shore of the Columbia River (Peninsula Drainage District #1, Peninsula Drainage District #2 and the Sandy Drainage Improvement Company). The four districts collectively extend from the edge of Smith and Bybee Lakes on the west, to the Sandy River on the east.