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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. An unidentified woman is pictured sitting on a cot with her purse on her lap and a suitcase by her side. Several empty cots are visible in the background, indicating that this is most likely the Dorsey High School evacuation center. Photograph dated December 16, 1963.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm. Photographic prints
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