19 Amazing Photos of the Los Angeles Floods in 1934

In a now-familiar Los Angeles story, late 1933 brush fires cleared the vegetation from the hills above the Montrose-La Crescenta section of Los Angeles County. When heavy rains arrived on New Year’s Eve 1934, the neighborhoods were flooded and lives lost.

The Jan. 9, 1934, Los Angeles Times reported the death toll in Los Angeles County as 44 with about half the dead from the Montrose-La-Crescenta area. Another 15 were still missing, six of whom were from the Montrose-La Crescenta area.

Jan. 2, 1934: Car caught in mud from flooding in La Canada-Montrose. The car is sitting on the pavement of Montrose Avenue.
Jan. 1, 1934: Mud, rocks and damaged cars on Montrose Avenue in Montrose after New Year’s flooding.
Jan. 2, 1934: Panorama made from three negatives in the Los Angeles Times Archive at UCLA showing mud-covered Honolulu Ave. in Montrose. This panorama was published in the Jan. 3, 1934 Los Angeles Times.
Jan. 1, 1934: Cars marooned outside Bohemian Gardens at 3890 Mission Road, East Los Angeles.
Jan. 1. 1934: A milk truck is almost completely submerged on Whittier Blvd. under Union Pacific railroad bridge. This photo was published in the Jan. 2, 1934 Los Angeles Times.
Jan. 1, 1926: Crowd gathers at the washed out Mesa St. bridge where four people drowned with their auto plunged into the Rubio Wash. The wash is west of San Gabriel Boulevard in the Monterey Park area. This photograph was published in the Jan. 2, 1926 Los Angeles Times.
Jan. 1, 1934: Five people drowned when this car and Rush Avenue bridge was swept into the Alhambra Wash, near present day Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. This photo was published in the Jan. 2, 1934 Los Angeles Times.
Jan. 4, 1934: Civil Works Administration men from Pasadena help clear Honolulu Ave. in Montrose following flooding during New Year Eve rain storm. This photo was published in the Jan. 5, 1934 Los Angeles Times.
Jan. 3, 1934: Following the New Years Eve flooding in Montrose, food kitchen is set up to help survivors. This photo was published in the Jan. 4, 1934 Los Angeles Times.
Jan. 1934: American Legion Hall in Montrose following the New Years Eve flood were a dozen people were reported killed. The building was located at the intersection of Fairway Ave. and Rosemont Ave.
Jan. 1, 1934: House in La Cresenta-Montose area was swept off its foundation and carried hundreds of feet by New Year Eve flooding. This photo was published in the Jan. 2, 1934 Los Angeles Times.
Jan. 2, 1934: Burro used to move water and supplies after New Years Eve flooding in La Crescenta area. This photo was published in the Jan. 3, 1934 Los Angeles Times.
Jan. 3, 1934: Cars parked on the dirt, left, show the depth of debris on roadway being cleared on Foothill Blvd., in Montrose. The boulder on right is fifty feet in circumference. This photo was published in the Jan. 4, 1934 Los Angeles Times.
Oct. 17, 1934: Cars caught in the flooding on Honolulu Ave., near Rosemont in Montrose. This photo was published in the Oct. 18, 1934 Los Angeles Times. NOTE: Montrose hit twice in 1934 by bad flooding, first on Jan. 1st then Oct. 17.
Oct. 18, 1934: Severly damaged home located at Sunset Ave. near Florencita St. in Montrose. This photo was published in the Oct. 18, 1934 Los Angeles Times. Monrose suffered two major floods in 1934, this October event and a more damaging one on Jan. 1, 1934.
Oct. 18, 1934: Workers dig out car and remains of home on Glenada Ave. in Montrose following flooding from a storm the night before.
Oct. 18, 1934: Garage on Glenda Ave. in Montose is destroyed by flooding, but car survived. This photo was published in the Oct. 19, 1934 Los Angeles Times.
Oct. 18, 1934: Water flows through the Hall-Beckley Wash where it intersects with Glenada Ave. in Montrose. This photo was published in the Oct. 19, 1934 Los Angeles Times.
Dec. 13, 1934: Workmen at Honolulu and Agner Streets in Montrose setting up sand bags at a known flood danger point. Montorose suffered major flooding in January and October of 1934. This photo was published in the Dec. 14, 1934 Los Angeles Times.

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