March 4, 1938


Above, when housework really meant work. Below, Southern California tallies the destruction from the great storm of 1938. Please look at the pictures of what the L.A. and Santa Ana Rivers can do.  The inundation of Orange County is particularly amazing.  I especially recommend these photos if you think that our grandparents simply got up one morning and decided, "Hey, just for fun, let’s put the L.A. River in an ugly concrete channel." I sometimes amuse myself by wondering what would happen today if the L.A. River cut itself a new channel as it did in the 1850s, when it stopped flowing into Santa Monica Bay and switched to Long Beach.



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