Toronto's Historical Plaques
Learn a little of Toronto's history as told through its plaques
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2006
Plaque coordinates: 43.69705 -79.51459
As dawn broke on Thursday October 14, 1954, Hurricane Hazel reached Southern Ontario after lashing the eastern United States. By midnight Friday, October 15, an estimated 209mm of rain had fallen, creating massive floods throughout Metro.
The resulting damage was severe. Just upstream, flood waters tore loose a footbridge that crossed the Humber River. The river rose 6 metres, sweeping away 14 homes on Raymore Drive and killing 32 residents in one hour.
After Hurricane Hazel, the Metropolitan Toronto and Region Conservation Authority was established to promote watershed management and public ownership of the floodplain. Raymore Park was then dedicated in memory of Hurricane Hazel's many victims and survivors.
In 1995, a new footbridge was constructed by Metro Toronto with support from the Province of Ontario, representing a substantial step towards the completion of the Humber Trail and greenway system.
Posted September 1, 2010
There's a replacement sign there now (bearing the same text). It's a shame that the artwork on the bridge footings monument has faded and is now covered with graffiti. We lived on Gilhaven Avenue (where the Raymore Park parking lot is now) and were lucky not to suffer the same devastation as our neighbours on Raymore. Still, our house was considered part of the flood plain and was demolished to form part of the park.
Posted September 6, 2008
there is actually a second bridge of this type in the same area @ the base of twin rivers.
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