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January 1998: a meteorological depression brang about 100 mm of freezing rain in Montérégie in a few days. Hydro-Québec's network was badly affected, depriving thousands of citizens of electricity and heating, forcing schools and many businesses to close. The tree branches, weighed down by the ice, fell and blocked the streets. In the face of this disaster, the community was mobilized to provide affected citizens with resources necessary for their survival: shelters were open, food was distributed, etc. Soldiers, police, medical corps, volunteers, etc., were hard at work to help the victims. Look at this event that has marked history.
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Nature Turns on Itself
Nature Turns on Itself
Nature Turns on Itself
Blackout: The Power Grid in Disarray
Blackout: The Power Grid in Disarray
This graphic shows the evolution of the number of breakdowns during the month of January 1998.
This road was closed because of hanging wires.
This imposing birch rested under the weight of the ice.
Myroslaw Smereka, Mayor of Saint-Jean, addressed journalists at his office about emergency measures.
Getting rid of fallen branches once spring has arrived.
The branches were put on the roadside for pick-up.
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