60 years since Hurricane Hazel

This year is the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel. The night of October 15th, 1954 saw a storm that hugely affected many parts of Toronto and Southern Ontario. The epicentre of the tragedy was of course Raymore Drive where 35 residents died. In order to avoid such tragedies in the future, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority was formed. This body was charged with setting aside flood-prone lands and creating the parks system that is a major feature of today’s Toronto.

To commemorate the anniversary, I’ll try and produce the occasional article on the topic until October. The first one will appear later this week.

The eastern abutment of the old footbridge connecting Weston to Raymore Drive.

The eastern abutment of the old footbridge connecting Weston to Raymore Drive. Artist Mario Noviello painted this commemorative work in 2002 but sadly the weather has not been kind to his creation showing the original suspension bridge. The western abutment remains in the river where it was dragged during Hazel’s fury.

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  1. Jill

    It’s such a shame Noviello’s tribute lasted little more than 10 years due to the effects of weather and graffiti. The entire site forms such a touching tribute. I know many people whose lives were affected by that “storm of the century” and look forward to your upcoming articles.

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