On October 1954, Hurricane Hazel hit the Toronto area with a force that stunned the region. Heavy rains and powerful winds caused extensive flooding and landslides, resulting in 81 deaths and millions of dollars in damages. Rivers overflowed and washed out roads, bridges, and homes, leaving many homeless and devastated. The storm's ferocity and the resulting damage led to the implementation of stricter building codes and flood control measures across Canada, in order to prevent such disasters in the future. For over 2 decades, Heritage York had held an annual Hurricane Hazel night with guest speakers. Below is a series of YouTube videos of previous Hurricane Hazel evenings.
Included, as well, is our special 50th. Anniversary video providing personal recollections from those who endured Hazel complimented by 8MM video taken by private individuals.
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