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Montreal ice storm of 1961

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.

Quebecers may be without hydro for three more days.

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC News Roundup
Broadcast Date: Feb. 27, 1961
Guest(s):
Host: Bruce Rogers
Reporter: Ray Chaisson
Duration: 1:46

Last updated: December 13, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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