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Weather history: Hurricane Hazel


Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer
October 14, 2011 — Saturday marks the anniversary of one of Canada's deadliest storms: Hurricane Hazel.


The remnants of Hazel led to millions of dollars in propery damage
The remnants of Hazel led to millions of dollars in propery damage

On October 15, 1954, the remnants of Hurricane Hazel dumped millions of tons of water on Toronto and southern Ontario.

Hazel was projected to dissipate, but instead re-intensifiedunexpectedly and rapidly, pounding the Toronto region with winds that reached 110 km/h.

The storm killed 81 people, left over 2,000 families homeless and caused millions in property damage.

Still, Hazel also changed Toronto in a good way. The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority was created. Rivers have been altered with flood-controlled channels. People can no longer live in areas at risk. Flood plains were turned into conservation areas, creating a greener, safer city.

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