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Title
Baldwin Hills Reservoir disaster
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
1965
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
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 rim of the empty Baldwin Hills Reservoir looking at the spot where the dam burst in 1963. The Reservoir's bottom is now dotted with vegetation. Inlet lines have been removed but the outlet tower still stands. In the background, houses sit next to the Reservoir's rim. Photo dated Nov. 30, 1965.
Type
Image
Format
1 photograph :b&w ;21 x26 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00060019
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 114
CARL0000064297
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/23985
Subject
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.)
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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