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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.
Electricians work to restore the hospital of Haut-Richelieu's power.
The military arrives for reinforcement. They are seen on Séminaire Boulevard, in direction of the military base.
Robert Cantin, lieutenant-colonel, in charge of the garrison of Saint-Jean during the Blackout.
The military had the necessary equipment to clear the poles that had fallen on the road.
The trees break under the weight of the ice. Behind them is the military base of Saint-Jean.
The military using axes to break branches, to then clean them up.
Team of electricians - checking the state of the grid.
Many electricians in a line next to the entryway of the Gouin Bridge to restore Iberville's power.
American and Canadian electric companies working side by side to restore power as soon as possible.
The workers working day and night to restore power.
The assembly line electricians working restlessly to bring the current back.
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