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Vintage View: 1950 flood

Exhausted volunteers take a break on some sand bags used at Lodi Lake back during one of the worst floods in Lodi’s history. On Nov. 21, 1950, the Mokelumne River, swollen from nine straight days of heavy rain, surged and spilled over the banks of the lake and threatened the city. With all city crews and the National Guard on duty, some roads were barricaded and some areas were sand-bagged. Residents in Woodbridge and near the lake were evacuated. The floodwaters never reached Downtown, but did damage many basements in homes near the lake. The General Mills plant became an island in the flood waters. Two days later, the river had fallen seven feet, and the threat was over.

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