Los Angeles, CA Downpour And Flooding, Mar 1938

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FOUR PERISH IN LOS ANGELES FLOODING.

ONE MILLION DAMAGE DONE BY DOWNPOUR.

HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES FLEE HOMES AS RECORD RAIN DELUGES CITY.

Los Angeles, March 2. -- (UP) -- At least four persons were killed, hundreds of families were driven from their homes, and property was damaged to the extent of perhaps $1,000,000 in today's record rain storm.
Thousands of acres of low lands were inundated, streets and highways were washed out or buried under landslides and were closed to traffic.
Houses were crushed. Many street intersections in metropolitan Los Angeles were turned into lakes.
The known dead:
MRS. RUTH RANDALL, 28.
LEONARD TRAVIS RANDALL, six, her son.
An unidentified woman and her baby, in Beverly Glen canyon.
Buried under a slide and believed dead:
FRED WILK, owner of a bungalow court.
MRS. RANDALL and her son were buried under a landslide that engulfed their home and crushed the house and the adjoining dwelling.

Los Angeles, March 2 -- (UP) -- Little Rock dam near Lancaster, one of Los Angeles' principal storage basins, was reported on the verge of collapsing today, with hundreds of residents of the district fleeing as tremendous pressure of flood waters weakened the structure.
Another report of threatened disaster, due to the floods in the high lands, came from Pickens canyon, in the Montrose-La Crescenta district, scene of the fatal disaster of New Year's day, 1934.
Capt. J. W. Hanby of the sheriff's Lancaster sub-station reported the entire Roosevelt district near Lancaster was being flooded by the overflow from the dam, threatening to wash out many houses.

Los Angeles, Mar. 2 -- (UP) -- Storm waters today inundated the power plant of the county general hospital, threatened shutdown of all electrical facilities and threw into darkness the old unit of the institution, known as the world's largest hospital.
City fire engines aided the hospital's own pumping equipment to keep pace with the inrush of waters into the basements.
Approximately 3,000 patients are treated in the general hospital, the largest in the world under one roof.

Ogden Standard Examiner Utah 1938-03-02