LOGGING MADE A BAD FLOOD WORSE
THE STORY BEHIND THE GREAT FLOOD OF ‘96
By PATRICK MAZZA
When the Great Flood of '96 hit the Northwest in February, laying mudslides across mountain highways and dumping dirt into drinking water supplies, it seemed as if Mother Nature wanted to make a point about the massive timber cutting that has leveled almost all of the ancient forests across Oregon and Washington.
Logging didn't cause the flood, but it did make a bad flood worse.