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Two boys and a dog inside their flood-damaged house, La Crescenta-Montrose, 1934
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Los Angeles Times
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UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
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Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
View of two little boys inside the living room of their home after a devastating flood (in either January or October). One boy holds on to his dog and the other holds a shovel. The flood level is visible on the wall and upright piano. A piece of toppled upholstered furniture is in the room beyond.
In November 1933, wildfires raged through the San Gabriel Mountains above the Crescenta Valley. Two floods followed the next year. In late December, a series of storms dropped 12 inches of rain. On New Year's Eve, heavy rains led to sporadic flooding. Around midnight, mountain hillsides collapsed sending millions of tons of mud into the Crescenta Valley neighborhoods below. More than 400 homes were destroyed in La Cañada, La Crescenta, Montrose and Tujunga. Scores of people were killed, and hundreds were left homeless. Another rainstorm on October 17 caused additional flooding and damage, but no deaths.
Text from negative sleeve: Floods, LA. Crescenta
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Dwellings--California--La Crescenta-Montrose
Flood damage--California--La Crescenta-Montrose
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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