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Title
Baldwin Hills Reservoir disaster
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Creator
White, Ben
Date Created and/or Issued
1963
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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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.
Mud, rubble, debris and pools of water engulf the 3800 block of Cloverdale as residents congregate in dismay at the damage done by the Baldwin Hills Dam break. Photo dated: Dec. 15, 1963.
Type
Image
Format
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Identifier
00060044
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 114
CARL0000064393
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/24064
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)
Streets--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Dwellings--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Lost architecture--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Baldwin Hills Reservoir (Calif.)
Baldwin Hills Dam (Calif.)
Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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