SCV Historical Society guides tours of site of St. Francis Dam collapse

by Oscar Rogel, Staff Writer 588 views0

On March 12, 1928 the second-worst natural disaster occurred in California’s history as the St. Francis Dam collapsed leaving destructive damage and killing over 450 people.

Three minutes to midnight the dam failed, releasing over 12 billion gallons of water through the San Francisquito Canyon and then down the Santa Clara River Valley devastating the towns of Piru, Fillmore, and Santa Paula.

On March 16, 2013 the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society presented a tour to the dam as this year marked the 85th anniversary of the collapse of the St. Francis Dam.

The tour was guided by historian Frank Rock in where he took many guests to the site where the dam once stood.

Oscar Rogel, Staff Writer

Born and raised in city of Santa Clarita, Oscar Rogel is a full time student at College Of The Canyons, and has a full time job. Oscar is on his way to being the first in his family to earn his AA degree. He is currently enrolled in the MEA 225 class to continue to improve his skills in all areas to one day work for a Television News or Radio Station. Oscar has some nice experience when it comes to being in front of crowd or being asked to get a job done. From 2004 to 2010 Oscar served in United States Marines Corps where he was a Motarman for his Marine reserve unit and in 2009 deployed overseas to Iraq. In between that time frame Oscar also continued to take classes at C.O.C. and discovering a passion for music learning how to play guitar and bass and being part of a few bands along the way playing a couple of live shows. He has had experience with doing some work with SCVTV and interning at KHTS radio. In the end Oscar Rogel brings discipline, patience, a hard work ethic, and a eagerness to learn more to improve his skills.

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