Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

St. Francis Dam Disaster.
New York Times (newspaper),
New York, New York.

Thursday, March 15, 1928.

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most absorbing phases of the tragedy which has plunged this community into sorrow, according to the officials.
     Mr. Nance said that the construction of St. Francis dam will be gone into completely. A committee of engineers probably will be named by Mr. Nance to make an official survey of the dam site in order to be able to offer expert testimony at the inquest, which is to be held in Los Angeles.

Surveys Shows Huge Losses.

     SANTA PAULA, Cal., March 14 (AP) —San Francisquito Canyon and the Santa Clara River Valley were struggling nobly tonight to pull themselves out of the mire of death and destruction poured over them by the breaking of the St. Francis Dam yesterday. Outside of the loss of life, the toll estimated from official figures and the surveys of careful observers, stood as follows:
     St. Francis Dam demolished.
     Los Angeles Municipal Power House below dam demolished.
     Five hundred homes destroyed or greatly damaged
     Twenty lineal miles of citrus orchard land buried under many feet of mud and silt.
     Ten important bridges destroyed. State and county highways washed out at numerous points.
     Telegraph and telephone lines disrupted over an area connecting half a dozen towns and a dozen smaller communities.
     Fifteen hundred persons virtually homeless and many of these, temporarily at least, destitute.
     Live stock killed and drowned, unestimated.
     A. H. Call, Ventura County Horticultural Commissioner, in estimating that approximately 10,000 acres of orchards had been swept over by the flood, said preliminary surveys indicate an expense probably of $500 an acre would have to be undergone to restore the silt-covered area. The producing land normally is valued at about $5,000 an acre.

Legionaires Establish Guard.

     While searching parties continued Lo bring in additional bodies recovered from the silt and slime left in the wake of the flood, telephone and telegraph repair gangs, steam shovel, wrecking and bridge crews took the field in the first steps to restore the stricken area to its former beauty and industry..
     Red Cross and county and city organizations kept step with all demands on them for food, clothing and medical attention, and policing forces, augmented by American Legion volunteers, kept the affected territory under strict supervision, amounting almost to martial law..
     A possible clue to the disappearance of many persons, reported missing after the disaster, tonight was given partial confirmation by the Red Cross here. The clue was based on a report that a stream of people early yesterday poured out of Santa Clara River valley towns and over the hills to safety in the Ojai Valley. Red Cross workers expressed the opinion that these fleeing ones, mostly Mexicans, had fled desperately from what they believed would be death in a tidal wave or other ittle understood catastrophe..
     Late today the list of families seeking Red Cross aid leaped from 160 to nearly 400. Red Cross workers believed these new refugees were the lost Mexicans..
     Whether the dam will be rebuilt, officials of the Los Angeles Water

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