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Guide to the Otay Flood Relief Expedition Records MS 264
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Description
This collection consists of records pertaining to a flood relief expedition led by US Navy Lt. Willis W. Bradley Jr. after the 1916 Lower Otay Dam failure.
Background
In January 1916, severe storms hit San Diego, California, lasting several days. The Lower Otay Dam lacked an adequate spillway for excessive overfilling, and on January 27, the dam collapsed. Billions of gallons of water swept through Otay Valley, leaving at least 20 dead and much of the rest of the population homeless.
Extent
0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Restrictions
The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.
Availability
This collection is open for research.