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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, "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."
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm. Photographic prints
00117254 Valley Times Collection HCNVT_d019_f25_i21; H-6790.26 4x5 CARL0005345360 http://188.8.131.52/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/51414
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