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On December 14, 1963 at approximately at 3:38 p.m the Baldwin Hills 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 and more than 50 homes were destroyed in the canyon below. 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. Baldwin Hills Dam flood, post disaster construction. Several dwellings are being rebuilt though several more lots remain empty. Construction crews and machinery are visible throughout. Photograph dated January 23, 1964.; See images #00117289 through #00117293 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. Photographic prints
00117293 ValleyÂ Times Collection HCNVT_d019_f26_i31; H-6790.43 4x5 CARL0005345694 http://220.127.116.11/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/51593
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