This week marks the 40 year anniversary of the Teton Dam Disaster. To commemorate the flood, Special Collections is sponsoring two open houses on Thursday, June 2, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Videos of the flood as well as histories of the event will be shown and a special guest speaker will discuss the experiences of those who lived through the event as recorded in oral histories. This week, a blog post will be posted every day highlighting the oral history of one survivor of the flood.
Fred L. Scoresby’s house was flooded 3.5 feet above the basement during the flood. When he and his wife found out about the flood, their first and only concern was about their children. Although they would have had time to get other things out of their home, they only brought their children and some water as they fled.
Fred talks a lot about the cleanup process. He mentions that during the cleanup, there was a family on their way for a vacation in California that stopped and helped his neighbor in their cleanup effort. He mentions the help that the Red Cross and others gave, and the financial support given by the government.
Read Fred’s whole interview here.