Floodpath: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th-Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles

Floodpath: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th-Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles

Jon Wilkman


Just sooner than hour of darkness on March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam, a twenty-story-high concrete constitution simply fifty miles north of l. a., unexpectedly collapsed, liberating a devastating flood that roared fifty-four miles to the Pacific Ocean, destroying every little thing in its direction. It was once a bad disaster, but one that at the present time is almost forgotten.

With study collected over greater than 20 years, award-winning author and filmmaker Jon Wilkman revisits the deluge that claimed approximately lives. A key determine is William Mulholland, the self-taught engineer who created an remarkable water method, permitting l. a. to turn into America's second-largest urban, and who used to be additionally liable for the layout and development of the St. Francis Dam.

pushed by way of eyewitness money owed and mixing city background with a life-and-death drama and a technological detective tale, Floodpath grippingly reanimates the truth in the back of L.A. noir fictions reminiscent of the vintage movie Chinatown. In an period of weather swap, expanding call for on water assets, and a ignored American infrastructure, the tragedy of the St. Francis Dam hasn't ever been extra relevant.

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