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.
Art Cobery taught United States history at Burbank
High School for over three decades. He retired in 1989. Prior to
becoming a founding member of the Historical Society of the Crescenta
Valley, he devoted his energies to preserving the Crescenta Valley
Ledger on microfilm. While engaged in this endeavor, he became
fascinated by the paper's forgotten stories relating to the Crescenta
Valley Flood of 1934.
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