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