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Ice storm of 1998 spreads to Kingston

Canadians had never before endured a natural disaster like the ice storm of 1998. A difficult morning of car scraping quickly turned into a state of emergency from eastern Ontario to southern Quebec. Millions huddled in the dark by their fireplaces. Many suffered from hypothermia and carbon monoxide poisoning. Heavy ice sheets toppled huge power pylons and in just six days an electrical system that took decades to create was razed.

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State of emergency declared for the first time in city's history.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Jan. 8, 1998
Guest(s): Gary Bennett, Ron Rodrigue
Reporter: Adrienne Arsenault
Duration: 1:58

Last updated: December 13, 2012

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