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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.
A muddied Forrest Beeson sits dejectedly with his salvaged smiling Buddha on the front step of his wrecked home on Cloverdale Ave. Photo dated: Dec. 15, 1963.
Type
Image
Format
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Identifier
00060047
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 114.
CARL0000064396
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/24068
Subject
MenzCalifornia--Los Angeles
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)
DwellingszCalifornia--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Lost architecture--California--Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles)
Baldwin Hills Reservoir (Calif.)
Baldwin Hills Dam (Calif.)
Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Time Period
1961-1970

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