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Sobs, tears mark victims' reaction to ruined homes
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Valley Times 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.
Photograph caption dated December 16, 1963 reads, "Assembly point for stricken residents - Residents of the flood-ravaged Baldwin Hills area assembled at command post mobile van at La Brea Avenue and Jefferson Street to ask questions and secure passes from police to enter the neighborhoods. Persons without passes were restricted from the area to prevent looting, police said."; See images #00117255 through #00117263 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
HCNVT_d019_f25_i22; H-6790.31 4x5
Dam failures--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Floods--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Dams--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Disasters--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Police--California--Los Angeles
Crowds--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Baldwin Hills Reservoir (Calif.)
Baldwin Hills Dam (Calif.)
Night photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs

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