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Hurricane Hazel
Hurricane Hazel (Large Print)
Canada's Storm of the Century
by Jim Gifford
Publisher Dundurn Press
Published on: 26 July 2017
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Our Price: US$21.99
 

Volume(s): 1
Format Details: 16pt, Verdana
ISBN(s): 9781525256028
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About the Book
On October 15, 1954, Hurricane Hazel battered southern Ontario, leaving in its wake a terrible toll: thousands homeless, million in property damage, and, worst of all, 81 people dead. Hazel destroyed bridges, submerged towns, and drowned unsuspecting Ontarians in their homes and cars. Raymore Drive in Weston was decimated when the Humber River swelled by eight feet, taking the lives of 32 residents in only one hour. In Etobicoke, five volunteer firemen drowned while trying to reach marooned motorists. Towns and villages from Toronto north to Timmins felt Hazel's fury. After the storm, people walked the now-surreal streets of their towns: cars upside-down and wrapped in power lines, iceboxes and dead cows hanging from trees, houses flattened, toys and furniture floating down the street. On the 50th anniversary of the storm, Jim Gifford has captured that fatal night in the voices of those who survived it, from residents who lived along the surging Humber River to a policeman who rescued families from their rooftops to firemen and Boy Scouts who searched for victims along the riverbanks. Including more than 100 never-before-published photographs, Hurricane Hazel: Canada's Storm of the Century documents one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history.
About the Author
Jim Gifford is a freelance writer and a professional book editor. A frequent guest speaker in the publishing industry, he has written for several publications, including Where Toronto magazine and The Beaver. He teaches creative non-fiction at the University of Toronto. Gifford lives in Toronto, Ontario. Mike Filey was born in Toronto in 1941. He has written more than two dozen books on various facets of Toronto's past and for more than thirty-five years has contributed a popular column, The Way We Were, to the Toronto Sunday Sun. His Toronto Sketches series is more popular now than ever before.
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