A History of the Recorded Floods1811 was the first recorded flood. 1861 – 1862: In the middle of a 40-year drought period, floods appropriately called “Noachian Deluge,” devastated the west coast from Vancouver, British Columbia, south through Baja California. 1891: On July 2nd, Grocers of San Diego had a picnic near the river in Lakeside. They were overwhelmed, routed and soaked by the most sudden and persistent storm that ever hit the valley. 1908: August 9, a surprising downpour occurred that is still talked about by “old timers.” 1916: January 13, Lakeside lost 21 houses besides barns, silos, water tanks and out-buildings. Railroad tracks from Santee to Lakeside were washed out, and the railroad and wagon road were gone from Lakeside to Foster. The Cuyamaca Flume lost about six miles of flume. Mr. Gay of the Lakeside Inn opened doors to homeless flood victims. The second storm hit January 26. The rainfall total from January 13 through January 27 was 16 inches; season total was 21.32 inches. The river bridges were lost.
no images were found1921: Rainfall December 18 through December 27 totaled 11.42 inches; the season total was 13.78 inches. 1927: The River bridge was washed-out in two places. Lakeside was left without water except for local wells. February 11 through February17 the rainfall total was 12 inches; the season total was 16.39 inches.
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