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Harvesting oranges during a flood

Harvesting oranges during a flood

June 3, 1941: High water in the Puddingstone Dam Reservoir partially submerged a 10-acre Valencia orange grove so that pickers had to gather the fruit in rowboats and bathing suits. Trino Guillen, Joe Partida and Gavino Lopez work in the world’s only floating citrus patch.

The water was 6 to 9 feet deep in places, covering the lower parts of orange trees. More than 150 boxes of oranges were destroyed by the flooding.

This image was published on June 4, 1941, on the daily photo page with a refer to an article on the Local News section front.

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