American Experience

Flood in the Desert

Season 34 Episode 3 | 52m 45s | Video has closed captioning.

Explore the 1928 dam collapse, the second deadliest disaster in California history. A colossal engineering failure, the dam was built by William Mulholland, who had ensured the growth of Los Angeles by bringing water to the city via aqueduct.

Aired: 05/03/22

Expires: 05/02/25

Rating: TV-PG

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