CHERISHING OUR VALLEY 2012
60 years ago, the San Fernando Valley was still drying out and cleaning up after a terrific rain storm. To make life more exciting, streets such as Tyrone Avenue had little in the way of flood control. Inevitably, people on one of Richard Hilton's Museum walking tour of historic Van Nuys will tell a Tyrone Avenue rainy day story. These images are from the old time Valley Times newspaper.
United States Post Office Van Nuys, California January 1952 - Sylvan Street just west of Van Nuys Boulevard - photograph taken at dawn. (Click on images to enlarge them.)
Raging waters pour along Tyrone Avenue at Magnolia Boulevard in historic Van Nuys, January 1952. When Tyrone Avenue was flooded, students had the "perfect" excuse for a day off. Enlarge this image to see the steam coming out of one vehicle.
Sand bags hopefully protected the merchants on Van Nuys Boulevard. January 17, 1952 at the corner of Gilmore Street.
Automobile trapped in a flash flood at Victory Boulevard in Van Nuys, January 1952.