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Wildfires above the Crescenta Valley in November 1933 and subsequent heavy rain in December 1933 produced the perfect conditions for a massive flood. Just after midnight on January 1, 1934, millions of tons of mud and debris traveled from the mountains down to the Verdugo Wash, killing many people and destroying about 400 homes in the communities of La Can~ada, La Crescenta, Montrose and Tujunga. Woody Guthrie's song, "Los Angeles New Year's Flood," commemorates the natural disaster. Residence, belonging to Carl F. Gee and family, located at 3113 Mayfield Avenue in Montrose. The home was washed more than a block away by the swirling flood waters that hit Montrose.
Floods--California, Southern Flood damage--California--Montrose Debris--California--Montrose Dwellings--California--Montrose Lost architecture--California--Montrose Montrose (Calif.) Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs Herald-Examiner Collection photographs