Los Angeles, CA area Flood and San Francisquito Dam Break, Mar 1928

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DEATH TOLL MOUNTS TO 151

List Of Missing Mounts To 500

LIST OF DEAD
MRS. JESUS CARILLO and 8 children, Fillmore.
JOE GOOCURRIE and 7 children, Fillmore.
ROUR ROGERS children, Piru.
JUAN ROMERO and family, Fillmore.
M. L. McCAULEY and wife, son, and daughter, Fillmore, missing.
Numerous Mexican families.
WILLIAM LOCKE, Los Angeles Edison employee, first to be found near camp.
JAMES DOTY, Los Angeles, Edison employee.
GORDON CUMMINGS, Fillmore.
EARL CROWDER.
TONY, ranch hand.
Two KELLY children.
MRS. G. P. BOARDMAN, Bardsdale.
GORDON CUMMINGS, Bardsdale. (?)
GEORGE BASOLA, Bardsdale.
Unidentified Mexican of BASOLA ranch.
DOLPHUS STEPHENS, Bardsdale.
MRS. DOLPHUS STEPHENS, Bardsdale.
Morgues have been established at Fillmore, Piru and Ventura.

Between 200 to 500 believed dead and damage estimated at millions of dollars is the toll of the most disastrous flood in the history of Ventura county.
The breaking of the San Francisquito dam was caused by seepage of water around the west end of the dam, loosening the earth, so that the supports gave way, according to Colonel MULHOLLAND, engineer, and was not due to dynamiters or to an earthquake. When the west portion of the hill supporting the dam gave way, it released a wall of water, 75 feet high that swept the entire Santa Clara river valley. There were 1,344,000,000 gallons of water in the dam. The wave of water when it reached Fillmore and Bardsdale was still 25 to 30 feet high.
At the Edison camp at Del Valle, near Castaic, 96 men are missing. There were 144 at the camp and but 48 have been accounted for.
Bodies recovered were: Santa Paula, 11; Fillmore, 14; Bardsdale, 3; Montebello, 1; Montalvo, 1; Twenty bodies were sighted between Newhall and Saugus. Because of the tremendous force of the torrent, it is believed many bodies have been washed out to sea.

Flood Loss Set At Ten Million
By Arthur L. Merrick,
I. N. S. Staff Correspondent
The list of missing in the San Francisquito flood passed the 500 mark this afternoon with the known dead placed at 151, as the Santa Clara was flooded early this morning.
Vast orange and walnut groves in the Santa Paula and Bardsdale districts have been washed away.
Damage to the huge San Francisquito dam, 208 feet high, completed in March 1926, was one and half millions. The Los Angeles power plant two miles away alone represents a lost of three million dollars.

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