Hurricane Hazel: A family escapes the flood
On Oct. 15, 1954, the most famous hurricane in Canadian history struck Southern Ontario. Hurricane Hazel pounded the city of Toronto with 110 km/hr winds and more than 200 millimetres of rain in less than 24 hours. Bridges and streets were washed out, homes and trailers were washed into Lake Ontario. Thousands were left homeless, and 81 were killed – 35 of them on one street alone.
• When it looked like it was over, the storm suddenly strengthened again.
Program: CBC Radio News Special
Broadcast Date: Oct. 14, 1954
Last updated: January 11, 2012
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