By Jon Wilkman
Just prior to middle of the night on March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam, a twenty-story-high concrete constitution simply fifty miles north of la, all at once collapsed, liberating a devastating flood that roared fifty-four miles to the Pacific Ocean, destroying every thing in its direction. It used to be a bad disaster, but one that this day is nearly forgotten.
With study collected over greater than 20 years, award-winning author and filmmaker Jon Wilkman revisits the deluge that claimed approximately lives. A key determine is William Mulholland, the self-taught engineer who created an unheard of water approach, permitting la to develop into America's second-largest urban, and who was once additionally accountable for the layout and development of the St. Francis Dam.
pushed by way of eyewitness money owed and mixing city historical past with a life-and-death drama and a technological detective tale, Floodpath grippingly reanimates the truth in the back of L.A. noir fictions comparable to the vintage movie Chinatown. In an period of weather switch, expanding call for on water assets, and a overlooked American infrastructure, the tragedy of the St. Francis Dam hasn't ever been extra relevant.