Last week it was discussed that during World War 2, all non-essential maintenance on the All-American Canal was halted. By the end of the war, a large section of the banks of the canal had become overrun with vegetation such as willows, and arrow weeds. To combat these issues, an accelerated program of maintenance and rehabilitation was inaugurated in 1946. While last week we saw the maintenance on some of the gate rollers, this week are 2 photos showing how the overrun vegetation was managed.
Workers on amphibious vessels used flame throwers to burn up the excess flora along the banks of the canal. The photos below show this removal process, as well as give a close up look as to what the amphibious vessels looked like when out of water.
NARA Series: All-American Canal Project Histories, 1948-1954. Record Group 48: Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, 1826-2009. National Archives Identifier: 2292770