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Knight's St. Francis Dam Memorial Bill Passes House

Legislation To Create National Monument in Santa Clarita Valley Receives Unanimous Support

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Washington, July 6, 2016 | comments
A bill by Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) that would create a St. Francis Dam National Memorial and Monument in Los Angeles County passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday with overwhelming, bipartisan support. 

H.R. 5244, the Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act, would create a national memorial at the site of the 1928 St. Francis Dam Disaster in the San Francisquito Canyon, which claimed the lives of 431 people. The memorial would be funded by private donations and would establish a 440 acre national monument encompassing the designated national memorial area that was devastated in the resulting flood. 

“This memorial site is important for the people of the Santa Clarita Valley and I am proud to be part of the effort to educate the public and honor the individuals who perished in the St. Francis Dam Disaster,” said Representative Knight. “ 

In May Knight testified in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands about the need to memorialize the victims of the disaster. He was joined in the hearing by Dr. Alan Pollack, president of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, who detailed the dam’s history, beginning with its flawed design and construction and ending with its abrupt and devastating collapse. The bill then passed the Natural Resources Committee with unanimous support. 

On Tuesday Knight spoke on the House floor, again urging his colleagues to support the Memorial. After his speech, the House voted unanimously to pass the legislation.  

“This legislation is long overdue. The victims of the St. Francis Dam Disaster deserve to be memorialized, and that’s exactly why we are here today,”
said Rep. Knight. “I am pleased that my colleagues in the House recognize the importance of honoring the individuals who perished in the St. Francis Dam Disaster.” 
 
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