Tuesday, February 17, 2009

For the Waterlogged

I haven't posted anything visual since November 18(!), but tonight I came across some perfectly appropriate images. I understand Southern California has been a bit wet lately (thanks, Facebook friends!). I've always enjoyed Disneyland in the rain--especially marathons on Splash Mountain, when you're already wet and there's nobody else in line. However, I have never been at Disneyland when Main Street was navigable by boat. The winter of 1977-1978 was particularly rainy. Los Angeles saw 33.44 inches of rain, then the third rainiest season on record, and still the fourth rainiest since 2004-2005's 37.96 inches. Disneyland was apparently ill-equipped to deal with the rain, as we see on the cover of the March 16, 1978 Disneyland Line:

And a few more images from page 2:

The photos are undated, but based on newspaper research, it's likely they're from Saturday, March 4's storm. That weekend saw a major storm pass through the region, causing more problems in areas in Los Angeles County, with the week following having lighter rain fall.

7 comments:

Heather Rodriguez said...

Very cool!

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

WOW, didn't they install storm drains in 1955? What a mess, hey, it looks like my backyard!

Thanks for the visual post!

George Taylor said...

Fantastic shots!

I wonder if there was any damage done to the stores.

Matt said...

I remember that season, the LA River level was approaching overflow almost everywhere, not surprising to see the Main St. Canal...

TokyoMagic! said...

I was a kid, but I remember that winter season too. The ground was so saturated that 3 of the 40 year old pine trees on our street fell over on top of parked cars and blocked the street off.

Great pics of Main St. flooded!

Okie said...

Those are amazing pics. Very cool.

Swisskapolka said...

In January of 1998 I was a Cast Member working one of my first shifts during a deluge. I was working guest control for the Hercules Parade (due to inclement weather the parade had been postponed...) and was stationed near a popcorn cart on the hub between Carnation Plaza and the Castle. It was a cold day, and when I got my costume I was issued the heavy felt pea coat in the morning before the rain began. As a newbie, I hadn't thought to ask for rain gear. Well, there I stood, being pelted with rain, smelling much like the pelt of a wet dog in my waterlogged pea coat. The rain was coming down so hard it was difficult to see beyond the rooftops. I'll never forget this poor man who came up to me with his daughter, both soaked and in a frustrated plea he asked, "this is our first time, aren't there rides and carousels and more to do than just walk around this circle?" Incredulously, I looked at him and said, "Sir, just walk in any of four directions and you'll find all of our different lands and attractions." And then it occurred to me, because the rain was so heavy, he couldn't see beyond the hub. Needless to say, I was nearly keelhauled from the Columbia for ruining a pea coat.