This February 20, 2013, don’t miss a special presentation on the tragic events of the 1934 Crescenta Valley Flood by History Press author and local historian Art Cobery. Join Art at 7 pm at the Central Library Auditorium in Glendale (follow this link for details) to learn more about the devastation that swept through the Crescenta Valley on New Years Day and the dramatic stories of survivors faced with rebuilding a community. This presentation will lead into the weekend-long Montrose Centennial Celebration.
As Crescenta Valley residents gathered to ring in the 1934 New Year, a cloudburst broke over Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains, unleashing a deluge on mountainsides denuded by recent fires. A roaring wall of rocks, mud and water crashed down the canyons, uprooting trees, tossing boulders and automobiles like toys and carving a path of destruction. Using painstaking research and heart-rending firsthand accounts, historian Art Cobery paints a picture of survival and redemption in the face of natural disaster, including the heroic efforts of eleven-year-old Marcie Warfield to save her father and younger brother, the devastating debris flow that claimed the lives of refugees and aid workers at the American Legion Hall and the selfless acts of neighbors caught in the storm of events.
The Great Crescenta Valley Flood: New Year’s Day 1934 by Art Cobery is available from the History Press, Crescenta Valley shops, and the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley.