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Vehicles stall at West Vernon and 11th avenues in Los Angeles on Feb. 4, 1927, after heavy rains flooded the streets. A similar photo was published in the Feb. 5, 1927, edition of the Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Vehicles stall at West Vernon and 11th avenues in Los Angeles after heavy rains on Feb. 4, 1927. A similar photo was published in the Feb. 5, 1927, edition of the Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Cars stall on a flooded Culver City street around 1920.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

A car gets stuck in the flooded intersection of Yosemite Drive and Eagle Rock Boulevard in Eagle Rock in 1929.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

An automobile gets trapped in floodwaters in Laurel Canyon in February 1927. Major flooding occurred on Feb. 16, 1927, all over Southern California.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

A man is helped to his vehicle on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles during flooding in 1926.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

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In the first photo in the gallery above, vehicles stall at West Vernon and 11th avenues after heavy rains on Feb. 4, 1927, flooded the streets.

A similar photo accompanied a Feb. 5, 1927, Los Angeles Times article reporting:

Partly cloudy weather with moderate temperature for today was forecast by the Weather Bureau last night following one of the season’s heaviest rainfalls. The precipitation, which was general over Southern California was particularly heavy in Los Angeles, the rain gauge showing 2.53 inches for the city. …

So fast did the rain come down yesterday morning that many districts in the city were completely under water, traffic was tied up downtown, basements were flooded and motorists were marooned in streets. … On the whole, however, no great damage was done, despite the spectacular nature of the downpour. The heaviest deluge in the downtown district, according to the Weather Bureau gauges, came between 9:30 a.m. and 10:10 a.m. during which time 0.54 of an inch of rain fell. …

Vernon Avenue, in the vicinity of 11th Avenue, ran true to form and the flood held up motorists. At one point several automobiles had to be abandoned in the middle of the street when waters rose so high they swept over the floors of the cars. …

The first two photos in the gallery are from the same scene at West Vernon and 11th avenues. In addition, I added four photos of trapped vehicles from the 1920s. The images from the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive at UCLA do not have complete caption information, but were all taken during rainstorms in the 1920s.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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1 Comment

  1. December 2, 2014, 6:52 pm

    must have been global warming, er, climate change. Wait, what year did you say this was?

    By: Jrod

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