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Title
Officers escape wall of water
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
Creator
Martin, Bob
Contributor
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
1963
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
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.
Photograph caption dated December 16, 1963 reads, "Motorcycles no match for waters - Motor officer John Harrison, Los Angeles Police Department, looks over washed out motorcycles. Police estimated that about 25 cycles were dragged by raging waters and smashed against structures and other vehicles."
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00117254
Valley Times Collection
HCNVT_d019_f25_i21; H-6790.26 4x5
CARL0005345360
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/51414
Subject
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)
Motorcycle police--California--Los Angeles
Police--California--Los Angeles
Rubble
Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Baldwin Hills Reservoir (Calif.)
Baldwin Hills Dam (Calif.)
Night photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs

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