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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.
The orchards were devasted by the icestorm.
The appletrees broke under the weight of the ice at Mont-Saint-Grégoire.
Map of the Black Triangle
The branches fell under the weight of the ice in front of the Saint-Athanase church, in Iberville.
The volume of the branches tripled because of ice and then break.
The pole fell, all its wires with it, and cut off the current.
Because of the ice electrical poles were falling like dominos along the roads of Napierville.
The electrical towers curled in upon themselves under the weight of the ice on their structure.
This photo shows the immense accumulation of ice on these stalks.
This citizen measured the accumulation of ice. It was at 3.
Graphic explaning the phenonemon of freezing rain.
Reception of wood at the distribution centre in Saint-Jean.
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