Friday, August 21, 2009


I can't believe a tornado actually struck the GTA. It's so Wizard of Oz.

Surprisingly the people I photographed today were so amazing and positive, even though their houses had been destroyed and they were obviously still upset. Everyone just kept repeating how lucky they were to be alive and how fortunate it was that no one was hurt.

Angelo Genova, owner of the destroyed house in the background, surveys the ruins on his street after a tornado struck Vaughan Thursday night. Genova has lived in the home since 1975 and was in the basement with his family eating dinner when the storm struck.

Phil Genova, son of Angelo, is upset over the damage to his childhood house (on the left) and to his aunt's house on the right.

A worker removes fallen trees beside a house that was destroyed by the tornado.

Workers remove trees.

Damaged cars.

A car windshield is smashed by flying debris.

Neighbours survey the damage done by falling trees.


About Della

I'm Della. I take pictures.

I'm a freelance photojournalist based in Toronto. My work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Toronto Life, Hello! Magazine, The Calgary Herald and Sun Media publications. I have also shot for a number of corporate clients, including the Government of Canada, the Law Society of Upper Canada, ING, Accenture, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Takeda, Amgen and Merck Frosst.

Likes: Snoopy Sno-Cone makers, dinosaurs, sharks, hot chocolate, ice cream, This American Life, CBC Radio, asparagus, zebras, travel, photography, grape soda, ice cream, naps, hoodies, the library, good e-mails, duvets, new books, mittens and lists.

Dislikes: Unicorns, ponies, glitter, tomato, wet cat food.

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