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Ottawa ice storm of 1986

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.

One in four homes are without power in the capital.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Dec. 25, 1986
Guest(s): Jane Bennie
Host: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: Jean Laroche
Duration: 1:47

Last updated: December 13, 2012

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