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1998: Destructive ice storm hits eastern Canada


Staff writers
January 8, 2013 — It's been 15 years since one of the most destructive storms covered much of eastern Canada in ice.


The January 1998 ice storm was the most destructive in Canadian history
The January 1998 ice storm was the most destructive in Canadian history

Between January 5 and January 10, 1998, 80 hours worth of freezing rain and drizzle covered thousands of square kilometres of eastern Canada in ice. 

57 communities in Ontario and 200 in Quebec were declared a disaster. 

The prolonged freezing rain brought down millions of trees, 120,000 km of power lines and telephone cables, 130 major transmission tours and about 30,000 wooden utility poles. 

It was the most destructive storm in Canadian history. 

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