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IN PHOTOS: The aftermath of Hurricane Hazel

The aftermath of Hurricane Hazel, on Oct. 15, 1954. Photo source: City of Toronto Archives

It has been 60 years since remnants of Hurricane Hazel hit Toronto, causing massive flooding and claiming the lives of 81 people in Ontario, many of them in the Greater Toronto area.

The deadly storm had already claimed more than 1,000 lives in the U.S. and Caribbean before landing in Ontario as an extratropical storm.

The effects of the hurricane pounded Toronto with winds topping 110 km/h, washing out bridges and homes.

Around 285 millimetres of rain fell in 48 hours, causing the Humber River to breach its banks, leading to destruction in the Toronto area. Bodies were also carried away as far away as Rochester, N.Y.

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All photographs courtesy of the City of Toronto Archives