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Santa Paula, California: Flood Warning Motorcycle Cops

When the new St. Francis Dam collapsed around midnight March 12, 1928, 12 billion gallons of water were unleashed down a valley, killing hundreds in Santa Paula and Fillmore. Artist Eric Richards depicts two police officers on motorcycles who spread word of the approaching flood.

N 10th St., Santa Paula, CA
NE corner of N 10th St. and E Santa Barbara St. in a small strip park.
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Sculpture of motocycle cops.

Motorcycle Cops Statue

Hwy 126 to north 10th Ave. A memorial to officers who warned residents of a flood in 1928.

[Tim, 09/05/2013]

450 people died when the St. Francis Dam failed on its first filling, but it might have been worse if two police officers on motorcycles hadn't spread warning in the most vulnerable elevations of town. "The Warning" sculpture is a tribute to their bravery and others who stayed at their posts to alert the town.

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