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Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-156) and index.
Prologue -- The Unique Geology of the San Gabriel Mountains -- The Rural Character of the Crescenta Valley in the 1930s -- Elfin Forests to Raging Firestorms : Nature's Way -- Desperate Measures in the Wake of the Picken's Fire -- Land of Contrasts : Droughts and Deluges -- Floodwaters Trump Growth: 1914 -- Tenuous Interlude : 1926-1933 -- December Rains : Prelude to Disaster -- Volunteers and Government Workers Meet the Challenges of Flood Devastation -- Flood Control : A Plea For Help -- Reforestation v. Debris Basins : The Army Corps of Engineers Wins -- Are We Really Safe? -- Epilogue -- Closure -- Flood Stories and Eyewitness Accounts.