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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. Pictured here, a woman appears to be taking down information from two unidentified men sitting in what appears to be at the Dorsey High School evacuation center. Both men have taken their shoes off and have rolled up their pants, showing dried mud up to their ankles. A third man sits in front of them. Photograph dated December 16, 1963.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm. Photographic prints
00117277 ValleyÂ Times Collection HCNVT_d019_f26_i14; H-6790.15 4x5 CARL0005345678 http://220.127.116.11/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/51576
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