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March 5, 1938


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Los Angeles begins to repair the damage from the floods, finding time to run a photo of a couple of attractive young women ... The death toll reaches 85 ... Be sure to look at the photos of the storm's destruction. 


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Page 5 has two interesting articles regarding trains, streetcars, and busses.

"Crippled railroads yesterday enlisted aid from one of their chief competitors - the motor bus - to close wide gaps in their services due to the recent storm and to transport passengers in and out of Los Angeles."

"Contacts with San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Ana and other outlying areas cut off by the storm damage were re-established yestrerday by the Pacific Electric which sent motor busses into service where electric cars could not operate."

After the great storm of 1938, two things were inevitable.

One is the concrete encasement of the Los Angeles River to prevent it from causing the havoc it will do during a great storm like the one in 1938 (for anyone curious about the giant drainage canal built after 1938 for the tiny L.A. River.)

The other is the abandonment of the Pacific Electric Electric Car passenger service. The temporary "replacement" busses of 1938 would become permanent replacements after World War 2.


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