• Short Summary

    ONE OF THE MOST SEVERE STORMS OF THE SEASON, COMBINING SLASHING RAIN WITH HIGH WINDS, LASHED SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TODAY.

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    ONE OF THE MOST SEVERE STORMS OF THE SEASON, COMBINING SLASHING RAIN WITH HIGH WINDS, LASHED SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TODAY. POWER LINES AND TREES WERE TOPPLED OVER. SEVERAL TREES FELL ACROSS THE FREEWAYS. HOUSES AND CARS WERE DAMAGED. INTERSECTIONS WERE FLOODED. TRAFFIC WAS SNARLED. WHILE THE WORST APPEARS TO BE OVER FOR THE MOMENT, ANOTHER BIG STORM -- SAID TO BE AS SEVERE AS TODAY'S -- IS MOVING DOWN FROM THE GULF OF ALASKA AND IS EXPECTED TO STRIKE HERE LATE TOMORROW.

    THE RAIN-SOAKED CLIFFOS OF PACIFIC PALISADES CRUMBLED ACROSS HIGHWAY 101, KILLING A VETERAN EMPLOYEE OF THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT. MORE THAN 600-THOUSAND TONS OF DIRT AND ROCK FELL NEAR THE SITE OF LAST THURSDAY'S BIG LANDSLIDE. MUCH OF THE EQUIPMENT BEING USEDIN THE CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS WAS DAMAGED IN THE LATEST FLOW OF EARTH FROM HILL TO OCEAN. THE HIGHWAY IS EXPECTED TO BE BLOCKED FOR AT LEAST THREE WEEKS -- PERHAPS LONGER. THE LATEST SLIDE TOOK A QUARTER-MILE HALF-MOON OUT OF THE SCENIC HILLSIDE. BARRICADES HAVE BEEN ERECTED TO KEEP SIGHT-SEERS OUT OF THE AREA. ENGINEERS ARE FEARFUL NEW SLIDES MAY OCCUR AT ANY MOMENT. THEY'VE SPOTTED NEW CRACKS IN THE 300-FOOT HIGH PALISADES. EFFORTS TO REPAIR SOME OF THE CRACKED STREETS WITH SAND AND TAR SEEMED ALMOST LUDICROUS, BUT THE MAINTENANCE CREWS WORKED ON. A NUMBER OF HOMES IN THE AREA HAVE BEEN ORDERED EVACUATED --- SOME RESIDENTS HAD MOVED INTO THEIR EXPENSIVE DWELLINGS ONLY A FEW DAYS BEFORE. ON THE BEACH, AS IF TO SYMBOLIZE THE INDOMITABLE POWER OF NATURE, A PORPOISE, WASHED ASHORE BY THE STORM, STRUGGLES NO MORE.

    THE MAMMOTH EARTHSLIDE WAS ONLY ONE RESULT OF THE SEVERE WEATHER, WHICH STRUCK LOS ANGELES.....AT OXNARD (CQ) AND BEEMAN (CQ) IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, WHAT'S DESCRIBED AS A SMALL TWISTER STRUCK A TWO-STORY APARTMENT HOUSE. THE SLASHING WINDS RIPPED OFF THE ROOF AND SPREAD DEBRIS ALONG A TWO BLOCK AREA......A RESIDENT OF THE BUILDING, MRS. DOROTHY JESCHKE (CQ), WAS KNOCKED TO THE FLOOR OF HER BED-ROOM. SHE SAID THE BUILDING SEEMED TO PULSATE.......

    ALSO BLAMED INDIRECTLY ON THE STORM WAS THE SHATTERING HEAD-ON COLLISION OF TWO CARS IN SURLAND (CQ). FIVE CHILDREN AND THERE ADULTS WERE INJURED IN THIS SPECTACULAR SMASH-UP ON RAIN-SLICKENED FOOTHILL BOULEVARD. THE DRIVER OF ONE CAR APPARENTLY APPLIED THE BRAKES WHEN A SHEET OF WATER STRUCK HER WINDSHIELD. THE CAR THEN SKIDDED BROADSIDE INTO AN ONCOMING AUTOMOBILE. FIVE OF THE INJURED ARE IN SERIOUS CONDITION AT SUN VALLEY RECEIVING HOSPITAL........
    BY LATE AFTERNOON, MORE THAN AN INCH OF RAIN HAD FALLEN IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, BUT OUTLYING AREAS REPORTED FROM TWO TO THREE INCHES FROM THE CURRENT DOWNPOUR.

    THE CITY COUNCIL OFFICIALLY RECOMMENDED THAT RESIDENTS OF SLIDE_THREATENED AREAS IN PACIFIC PALISADES CONSIDER EVACUATED THEIR HOMES UNTIL THE DANGER PASSES. THE COUNCIL ALSO VOTED TO SEEK FEDERAL FUNDS TO RELOCATE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8WSJX0A4E65288WB1DJR6NRDW
    Media URN:
    VLVA8WSJX0A4E65288WB1DJR6NRDW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/04/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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