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Soaked by a large wave

Soaked by a large wave

Dec. 18, 1948: After several days of storm-driven high surf and coastal flooding in Redondo Beach, spectators came out to witness the event — only to be soaked by a large wave.

A Dec. 19, 1948, Los Angeles Times story reported:

Blue skies waltzed in over the Southland yesterday as 250 dispossessed Redondo Beach water-front residents prepared to move back into their torn and flooded homes that had felt the battering of heavy seas.

The Weather Bureau said there are no more storms on the horizon and Redondo Beach Mayor Charles Wortham said that all but two of the abandoned residences have been declared safe for occupancy….

Mayor Wortham said the dozens of other houses along the waterfront which suffered damage (in three cases the seaward walls of the homes were torn completely off and were washed out to sea) may be occupied. They are safe, the Mayor said, if a little drafty.

This photo by retired staff photographer Paul Calvert was published in the Dec. 19, 1948, Los Angeles Times.

Another 1945 Paul Calvert photo of Redondo Beach flooding is reported in this From the Archive post: Opening doors to the ocean.

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