St. Francis Dam Disaster Month Proclamation
County of Ventura | March 2018

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The Ventura County Board of Supervisors, on a motion by 3rd District Supervisor Kelly Long, adopted the following resolution February 27, 2018:

Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of Ventura County
Proclaiming March 2018
90th Anniversary St. Francis Dam Disaster Commemoration Month

Whereas, on March 12, nineteen hundred and twenty-eight, the St. Francis Dam, located north of Saugus in Los Angeles County, breached at 11:57 PM and 30 seconds and during the morning hours of March 13, flooded through the Los Angeles County and Ventura County communities in the Santa Clara River Valley; and

Whereas, the flood waters raged through the flood plain, resulting in the loss of 431 lives, destruction of residential, business and agricultural property, and loss of livelihood; and

Whereas, this remains the 2nd largest disaster in terms of loss of life in California, surpassed only by the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire; and

Whereas, it is eminently appropriate to pay homage to those who were killed, injured, maimed, dislocated and/or who lost family members, their possessions, their livelihood; and

Whereas, it is important to educate the public about this event of historical significance; and

Whereas, on the 90the Anniversary of this tragedy, it is the intention of the communities throughout the flood's path to join together to hold a series of events to honor those who died, remember the suffering of the survivors, help people understand the causes of the disaster, and reflect on the response and resiliency of the communities along the flood path of March 12-13, 1928.

Now, Therefore, be it resolved that the Ventura County Board of Supervisors does hereby proclaim March 2018 as St. Francis Dam Disaster Commemoration Month and urges residents of Ventura County to honor and remember the victims on this 90th Anniversary.

Presented on this 27th day of February 2018


Peter C. Foy, Supervisor 4th District
Chair of the Board of Supervisors

Steve Bennett, Supervisor 1st District

Linda Parks, Supervisor 2nd District

Kelly Long, Supervisor 3rd District

John C. Zaragoza, Supervisor 4th District

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