These photos show the aftermath of heavy rainfall that caused flooding throughout Los Angeles in January 1952. The rain flooded the streets, people drowned, cars were swamped, trucks rescued individuals and shelters put people up with blankets and hot coffee.
Since 1952, the construction of sewers and flood channels throughout the region made winter rains less devastating. Today we worry about the runoff of polluted rainwater into the Pacific Ocean and how it might affect the sea. And we discuss how we might capture rainwater to alleviate drought.
These photographs show how the rain-affected the Valley and Los Angeles.