Quebec's 'Storm of the Century' happened 20 years ago this week

It was 20 years ago this week that a destructive ice storm descended on southeastern Quebec, eastern Ontario and parts of the Maritimes.

Nearly five million Canadians were battered by three successive waves of freezing rain between January 5th and 10th.

Some called it the ``Storm of The Century'' and it covered everything in a thick layer of ice and left some people without electricity for more than 30 days.

Utility poles and even the metal towers that held up the grid had collapsed under the weight of 100 millimetres or so of freezing rain that left everything coated in ice.

The storm was a disaster, causing about three-billion dollars in damage.

At least 30 deaths were attributed to the onslaught, and the military was called in to assist in the days that followed.