Remembering Hurricane Hazel

September 29th

On Sunday, September 29, thirty-eight attendees participated in a commemorative event for Hurricane Hazel. Video clips of the devastation were followed by a reading and personal accounts from several survivors regarding the impact of the tragedy which struck Toronto on October 15 and 16, 1954.

The keynote speaker, Ashour Rehana, from Toronto Region Conservation Authority, summarized the city's efforts to control environmental factors such as flooding and erosion so that Toronto will never experience another Hurricane Hazel. Another speaker, Bruce Longstreet, provided practical advice on preparing for natural disasters such as hurricanes/snow storms, and displayed articles for an emergency kit.

A Bell was rung four times in order to commemorate those who died. The sound of the bell expanded in all 4 directions – North, South, East and West. The event culminated in a clean-up activity of the area surrounding a plaque erected in Raymore Park in honour of the victims and a tour of Toronto Bell Cote.

Sunday, September 29th, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Toronto Bell Cote, 691 Scarlett Road, Toronto M9P2T3

Toronto Bell Cote Heritage Preservation invites you to a unique event about the impact of Hurricane Hazel on Toronto in October 1954 through the eyes of a survivor (survivors).

  • Can Climate Change lead to another catastrophe to our community?
  • How can we prepare for such emergency?
  • Event includes visit and cleanup of the Hurricane Hazel Commemorative Plaque in Raymore Park.

Key note speaker Ashour Rehana of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority will explain challenges of conservation authorities and actions in progress in keeping our communities safe against increased natural calamities.

A guest speaker from Red Cross will address importance of emergency preparedness.