On Feb. 8, 1937, Santa Maria saw some of its worst flooding in decades, and the Santa Maria Daily Times was there telling the story.

"Flood carries out a section of Suey Bridge," the one-column, three-deck headline reads, followed by "Old Iron Bridge on Main Highway Put into Use as Pavement Floods."

The story goes on to say that the highest water in two decades surged down the Santa Maria River, caused by snowmelt and rain on the upper reaches of the Sisquoc and from the Cuyama River and tributaries. It rose so rapidly that it covered the road in four to five feet of water in a matter of hours.

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