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November 10, 2017

49 Incredible Photos That Capture the Ruins of Sarnia, Ontario After the Tornado in 1953

A powerful tornado struck the city of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, on the afternoon of May 21, 1953. It made at least 150 homes on the more suburban outskirts of the city were damaged and in some instances reduced to rubble. Financial losses in Canada totaled $15 million; five people were killed, 48 were injured, and 500 were left homeless.

Take a look at these incredible photos from John Rochon to see what Sarnia, Ontario looked like just after the tornado in 1953.

Christina St. looking south from Lochiel St.

Clean-up work on the Vendome Hotel

East side of Christina St. looking south to Cromwell St.

East side of Front St. between Lochiel and Cromwell Sts. showing tornado damage to the Barr building and the Mackenzie-Milne building

East side of Front St. just south of Bank of Commerce

East side of Front St. looking south to Cromwell St.

Euphemia St. looking north from Lochiel St.

Houses after tornado

Lochiel St. looking east from Christina St.

Lochiel St. near Brock St.

Looking east down George St. from Brock St.

Looking north down Euphemia St. to George St.

Looking north on College Avenue from George St.

Looking west down George St. from Euphemia St.

Looking west down Lochiel St. from Brock after Tornado

Macklin's Greenhouses

Macklin's Greenhouses

Man walking on street after tornado

Manley's after the Tornado of 1953

Manley's after the Tornado of 1953

Maria St. just west of Mitton St.

Modern Dry Cleaning on Cromwell St.

North side of Lochiel St. at Brock St.

North side of Lochiel St. east of Brock

Northeast corner of Christina and Cromwell Sts.

Northwest corner of Brock and Lochiel Sts.

Northwest corner of Christina and Cromwell Sts.

People gathering together after tornado

Purity Dairy building

Rear of buildings on Front St.

Rear of Front St. buildings

Rear of Taylor's Furniture store

Rear of the Colonial Hotel

Rear of the Taylor's Furniture building at Christina and Cromwell Sts.

Reitman's on Christina St.

Remains of the Imperial Theatre

Remains of the original Imperial Theatre

Sarnia after Tornado

Sarnia City Hall after tornado 1953

Southeast corner of Lochiel and Christina St., Sarnia, ON

Stewart's Funeral Home, Sarnia, ON

Street scenes of Sarnia after tornado

Street scenes of Sarnia after tornado

Tornado damage on Mitton St.

West side of Front St. looking south

Vehicle crush by debris in the Tornado

Vendome Hotel after Tornado

West side of Front St. looking south to Ferry Dock Hill

West side of Front St.



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