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Title: Memorial to the Victims and Heroes of Hurricane Hazel
Identifier: SK0081
Date of Original Photo: Spring 1999
Image Type: Col Photo, 15x10 cm
Subject: Parks - Ontario - Etobicoke
Donor: Alan Skeoch
Location: Marie Curtis Park, Etobicoke

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Description: On October 15, 1954, Hurricane Hazel blew up through New York and Pennsylvania after destroying much of Haiti. Hazel combined with an extreme low pressure system to produce high winds and strong rain which produced severe floods in Toronto and the Holland Marsh area. The Humber River and the Etobicoke Creek were so flooded that whole areas around were devastated.

This sign in Marie Curtis Park commemorates those who lost their lives in the hurricane, as well as those who acted bravely to help and rescue their fellow citizens. Marie Curtis Park is situated on both sides of the Etobicoke Creek on Lake Ontario. It was created in 1954 after high flood waters due to Hurricane Hazel devastated a number of properties. Some of the public parkland was purchased by the former Village of Long Branch, Metropolitan Toronto, and the province of Ontario, and an additional gift of land from the Canadian Arsenals property was added. The park was named after Marie Curtis, a former Reeve of the Village of Long Branch, and a member of Metro Council, who died in March 2006.
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