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Storm floods downtown Los Angeles

Feb. 19, 1958: Flooding on Flower Street between 5th and 6th streets during a storm forces drivers to wade to the sidewalks.

This photo by former Los Angeles Times staff photographer Bill Knight was the Page One lead art the next morning. The accompanying front page article reported:

A total 2.32 inches of rain poured onto the city before noon. Of that, 1.04 inches fell between 9 and 11 a.m.

Sam Miller, Weather Bureau statistician, called the storm “one of those intense ones.”

Heavy runoff flooded homes, streets, stores and factories…..

Offices were evacuated, cars and buildings flooded, a bus stranded and persons rescued in a two-block area yesterday when a storm drain backed up at 6th St. and Alexandria Ave. Wilshire Blvd. became a river four to six feet deep.

Eight feet of water filled the Richfield Oil Building basement at 645 S. Mariposa Ave. More than 100 employees were forced to leave through back windows.

Fifty cars on Mariposa Ave., from Wilshire to 6th St., were inundated. Some floated down the street.

Employees of Richfield Oil Corp.  wade across an intersection at 6th St. after 8 feet of water flooded their building’s basement. Credit: ProQuest.