March 3, 1938
The great storm of 1938 roars through Los Angeles, isolating the city from the outside world by taking out bridges and utility lines, touching off mudslides and leaving the city in darkness. Ten spectators are killed when a pedestrian bridge over the Los Angeles River at Long Beach washes away. By the next day, the Southern California death toll was reported at 62, with dozens of people missing and thousands driven from their homes. Anyone who has an opinion about the L.A. River should look at The Times' photos of the destruction.