The 1934 floods in Los Angeles

The 1934 floods in Los Angeles

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The Montrose flood, as the calamity soon came to be called, took at least 45 lives, destroyed about 100 homes and turned the little community into a mud-filled, barren landscape, said local historian Art Cobery, who has become an expert on the catastrophe and its aftermath.

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Jan. 2, 1934: Car caught in mud from flooding in La Canada-Montrose. The car is sitting on the pavement of Montrose Avenue. This photo was published in the Jan. 3, 1934, Los Angeles Times.

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Jan. 1, 1934: Mud, rocks and damaged cars on Montrose Avenue in Montrose after New Year’s flooding. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

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Jan. 1, 1934: Cars marooned outside Bohemian Gardens at 3890 Mission Road, East Los Angeles. This photo was published in the Jan. 2, 1934, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Time

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Jan. 1. 1934: A milk truck is almost completely submerged on Whittier Boulevard under a Union Pacific railroad bridge. This photo was published in the Jan. 2, 1934, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

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Jan. 1, 1926: A crowd gathers at the washed-out Mesa Street bridge where four people drowned when their auto plunged into the Rubio Wash. The wash is west of San Gabriel Boulevard in the Monterey Park area. This photograph was published in the Jan. 2, 1926, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

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LATEST EXPLORE FOLLOW US SHARE NEXT Jan. 1, 1934: Five people drowned when this car and Rush Avenue bridge was swept into the Alhambra Wash, near the present-day Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. This photo was published in the Jan. 2, 1934, Los Angeles Times.

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Jan. 1, 1934: A house in the La Crescenta-Montose area was swept off its foundation and carried hundreds of feet by New Year’s Eve flooding. This photo was published in the Jan. 2, 1934, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

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Oct. 17, 1934: Cars caught in the flooding on Honolulu Avenue near Rosemont in Montrose. This photo was published in the Oct. 18, 1934 Los Angeles Times. Note: Montrose was hit twice in 1934 by bad flooding, first on Jan. 1 then on Oct. 17.

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Oct. 18, 1934: Severely damaged home at Sunset Avenue near Florencita Street in Montrose. This photo was published in the Oct. 18, 1934, Los Angeles Times. Montrose suffered two major floods in 1934, this October event and a more damaging one on Jan. 1, 1934. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

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Oct. 18, 1934: Workers dig out a car and remains of a home on Glenada Avenue in Montrose following flooding from a storm the night before. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

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Oct. 18, 1934: A garage on Glenda Avenue in Montose is destroyed by flooding, but car survived. This photo was published in the Oct. 19, 1934, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

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Oct. 18, 1934: Water flows through the Hall-Beckley Wash where it intersects with Glenada Avenue in Montrose. This photo was published in the Oct. 19, 1934, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

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Dec. 13, 1934: Workmen at Honolulu and Agner streets in Montrose setting up sand bags at a known flood danger point. Montrose suffered major flooding in January and October of 1934. This photo was published in the Dec. 14, 1934, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

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