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Memorial Proposal For Ventura County's Deadliest Disaster Passed by Congress

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Some of the damage caused by the St. Francis Dam break in 1928.

Congress has passed legislation to create a memorial for the victims of the deadliest disaster in Ventura County history. More than 430 people died in the March 12th, 1928 St. Francis Dam break.

A dam built outside of what is now Santa Clarita collapsed, sending a 120 foot high wall of water through the Santa Clara River Valley all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Fillmore and Santa Paula were especially hard hit.

A bill co-authored by Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village and Democratic Congresswoman Katie Hill of Agua Dulce would establish a memorial, and national monument at the dam’s site.

The bill is part of a bigger legislative package which is now on the President’s desk, awaiting his action.

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