Remembering the Ice Storm of 1998

It was on January 4, 20 years ago when the Ice Storm of 98 began.

Between January 4 and 10, sections of the St. Lawrence Valley from Kingston to Québec Eastern received up to 100 mm of ice pellets and freezing rain.

That is more than double the amount of precipitation normally received in those areas in a whole year.

The storm claimed at least 30 lives, injured 945, and cut off electricity for over 230,000 in eastern Ontario.

A 10-centimetre layer of ice snapped trees and power lines, even the metal towers that held up the electrical grid collapsed, leaving some without power for more than a month.

It was the first time Kingston declared a state of emergency.
The storm caused three-billion dollars in damage.