Flooding in Van Nuys: 1/17/1952


USC Digital Library continues to add extraordinary images to their online archives. The photos below show the aftermath of rains that fell in January 1952. They caused widespread flooding throughout Los Angeles and hit the flat, newly developed streets of Van Nuys hard. ┬áPeople drowned, cars were swamped, trucks rescued individuals and shelters put people…

Rain in Van Nuys: November 14, 1952


From the USC Digital Archives come these photographs of flooding in Van Nuys at Tyrone and Sylvan Streets (a block east of the Valley Municipal Building) after heavy rains. Caption reads: "Mrs. Agnes Snyder removes debris from car on flooded street. Wayne WIlson (bare foot) crosses St. Overall views of flooded Tyrone Ave. -- cars…

South On Van Nuys Bl. Near Sylvan St. 9/27/1952


06 PERY 5179 South On Van Nuys Bl. Near Sylvan St. 19520927 AKW, originally uploaded by Metro Transportation Library and Archive. Among the many changes Van Nuys has undergone in the last 60 years, two stand out in this old photograph. Diagonal curb parking and the Pacific Electric Rail helped ground the street and divide…

1952 Floods: Centinela/Slauson and Centinela/Sepulveda


From the USC Digital Archives. 1952 Floods in Los Angeles.    

Van Nuys flood area, 1952


From the great USC Digital Archives Collection comes this January 18, 1952 photo of flooding on Van Nuys Blvd at Hatteras Street. Pure lard and sausages are advertised in a community and time when obesity was rare.