Monday, March 12, 2012

3:05 AM on March 12th, 1928

Santa Paula, CA.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. on March 13, an urgent message of imminent disaster reached the night telephone operator in Santa Paula and was quickly relayed to police officers, city officials and then homes in the lower portions of town. Among the many heroes of the flood that evening were two motorcycle officers who rode through the night to warn the sleeping citizens in the low lying areas of Santa Paula that a torrent of water was about to inundate their homes. Their heroic efforts saved countless lives. Their "wild ride" that night was stopped at 3:05 a.m. when the wall of water swept through Santa Paula on its way to the ocean. 

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