Touring a Natural Disaster
Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society dam lecturer Frank Rock gave a lecture and tour to about 55 people through the second-largest natural disaster in California history Sunday...
Dozens of people gazed out over jagged, rocky debris scattered about San Francisquito Canyon, trying to envision the obliteration wrought by more than 12 billion gallons of rushing water 78 years ago.
The Saint Francis Dam, a technological marvel, burst around midnight March 13, 1928. The flash flood that ensued swept away everything in its 56-mile path to the Pacific Ocean.
Twenty entire families, about 450 lives, were swept away. Living and dead were found in trees. Sleeping campers drowned before they could wake.
But on Sunday, the white chunks of broken cement that littered the tranquil, brushy mountainsides were the only hints that the tragedy had ever taken place...
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