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GALLERY: The Ice Storm of 1998, 16 Years Later
January 4, 2014
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Power has now been restored throughout Central and Eastern Canada following the ice storm that left hundreds of thousands in the dark in December, and efforts are now turning to cleaning up the mess that was left behind. Sixteen years ago today, a different ice storm started forming when an upper level low pressure system stalled over the Great Lakes. In the days that followed, the strip of land on either side of the St. Lawrence was battered with as much as 100 mm of freezing rain, leading to 35 fatalities, hundreds of injuries and billions of dollars in damages. States of emergency were declared in Ottawa, Smiths Falls and other cities, and large portions of Montreal were cordoned off for fear of injuries from falling ice. It took weeks to get power back across Quebec and Eastern Ontario, and 14,000 troops were deployed to help rescue citizens and clean up the damage. According to Environment Canada, over 700,000 insurance claims were filed for storm-related damages. Take a look back at the Ice Storm of 1998, in our gallery above.

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