Hurricane hazel

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At the time, few people in Toronto knew about the effects of hurricanes so many residents did not take the warnings seriously. In late afternoon of October 15th, 1954, heavy rainfall began to cause traffic congestion during the rush hour. Underpasses began to fill with water, creating further problems. This shows the   Humber River, looking looking southeast from a point just south of Old Dundas St, in Toronto.

Humber River, looking s.e., just s. of Old Dundas St., Toronto, Ont.

Acc. S 2-2082C is inscribed vso with diagram showing location of views for Accs. S 1-2082A, C & D

In the final tally, 81 people died and Hazel caused millions of dollars in damage. Forty highways were underwater, trains were washed from their tracks. The Militia was called in to help with the search for survivors. Almost 1,000 people were rescued from their homes in the Holland Marsh (near Bradford), which slowly turned into a lake. One family spent the night trapped in their home as it floated around the Marsh.

Humber River, looking s. on Humber Blvd. betw. Old Mill Road & Dundas St. W., Toronto, Ont.

Salmon's negative envelope gives date 24 October. Salmon's nitrate negative S 1-2094A was replaced by T 33557

Evacuations started around 10:30 p.m. with a trailer park in Long Branch. Woodbridge was the first community along the Humber to flood as the river swelled to more than 5 times its normal size. By 11 p.m., the first deaths occurred: a car swept into the Humber in Woodbridge while fleeing the waters, a child on a bridge torn from a father's arms on a bridge. The flood waters began to make finding houses difficult. This is the Humber, looking north from the Bloor St. bridge.

Humber River, looking north from Bloor St. bridge, Toronto, Ont.

Acc. S 2-2085H is inscribed vso with diagram showing location of views for Accs. S 1-2085A to D & H

Raymore Drive, Toronto which was swept away during Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

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Raymore Drive, Toronto which was swept away during Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

By evening, washouts began to occur. Highways 11 and 400 were washed out in several places, like this image of the Old Albion Rd. bridge over the Humber River.

Humber River, looking w. across Old Albion Rd. bridge over Humber R.

Diagram showing location of view inscribed on vso of S 2-2073A.

Stories from Hurricane Hazel

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Stories from Hurricane Hazel