That Columbus Day Storm would claim nearly 50 lives in Oregon and Washington before it was finished. The cleanup from the damages it wreaked cost an estimated $200 million — in 1962 dollars. According to PGE, the storm left nearly 98 percent of the utility’s customers without power. Many families — like Langtry’s — were trapped in their homes without access to phone, lights or food.
Here’s an Oregonian video looking back at the storm.
What are your memories from October 12, 1962?
- Kathleen Langtry: Columbus Day Storm survivor, member of OPB’s Public Insight Network
- Clay Kelleher: Columbus Day Storm survivor, member of OPB’s Public Insight Network
- Steve Pierce: President of the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society