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1964 Flood — Eel River 

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Photo by Neil K. Hulbert
Ginger Leonardo's dad, Tony Leonardo Sr. (waving a flag), and her uncle John Nunes were on the roof when the plane flew over and photographer Neil Kulbert snapped a shot. The Nunes and Leonardo families were trapped in their attic for three days and two nights. The Leonardos' house survived, and after the flood Mennonites from the Bay Area helped clean it up. The Nunes moved into another house they owned and started the dairy back up. But the Leonardos stayed in the town of Ferndale for six years. Tony Leonardo Sr. worked at the Fortuna veneer mill and tended bar at the Victorian Village Inn, where Ginger's mom, Gerry, also waitressed. In 1970 her parents, sister and brothers went back to the old house and resumed dairying. Now someone else lives there.
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