Rebuilding Long Branch after Hurricane Hazel
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.
In Long Branch, a city councillor discusses plans to evacuate a whole neighbourhood, purchase the ruined homes and build a park along the river.
• After Hurricane Hazel, extensive lands throughout the Rouge Valley were acquired for public ownership to prevent future loss of life and property. This land is a core part of Rouge Park, the largest natural environment park in an urban area in North America.
Program: CBC Radio News Special
Broadcast Date: Oct. 14, 1954
Guest(s): Maurice Breen
Reporter: Bill McNeil
Last updated: October 26, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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