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Baldwin Hills Reservoir disaster
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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On December 14, 1963, the dam collapsed, spilling 300 million gallons of water into the hillsides that swept away houses and cars and left three dead. Most of Baldwin Village, including the historic Village Green community, was flooded as well. The crack in the dam was ultimately attributed to subsidence caused by overexploitation of the Inglewood oil field. The disaster caused the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to phase out small local reservoirs, opting instead to store water in groundwater basins and behind the Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace.
View from the top of Baldwin Hills Dam, now overgrown with vegetation, looking out over Los Angeles two years after the disaster. The photo was taken at the exact spot where the dam burst. The break is in the right foreground. Damaged roads have been rebuilt as have most houses. Photo dated: Nov. 30, 1965.
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Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 114.
Dam failures--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Dams--Design and construction
Public works--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Dams--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Disasters--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Baldwin Hills Reservoir (Calif.)
Baldwin Hills Dam (Calif.)
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Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
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