20 years after the ice storm

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At the beginning of January 1998, Quebec was hit by a crisis in precedent. Hydro-Quebec's electricity network succumbs to the weight of the ice storm and deprives thousands of Quebec homes of electricity, in some cases for several weeks.
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“It's the return of the Christmas break. Freezing rain is hitting many parts of Canada. Meteorologists predict 10 to 20 millimeters of rain during the night of January 5 to 6. A disruption is expected for Wednesday. Temperatures hover around the freezing point. According to Pascal Yiacouvakis, meteorologist at Radio-Canada, “that could perhaps cause problems”. The population of Quebec, used to the vagaries of the weather, makes good luck against bad luck and scrapes the ice that has formed in a few hours on the windows of cars. […] The air traffic is a little disturbed, but there is no panic, and the return home promises to be difficult. No one yet knows that Quebec and other regions of Canada will experience an unprecedented crisis. "

Source: Radio-Canada Archives

“Normally, Moisson Montreal delivered around 40 tonnes of food per day to some 250 Montreal community organizations. In the space of a month, this number has multiplied by seven. […] At the height of the crisis, some forty employees and volunteers were active at Moisson Montreal, not to mention the support of soldiers who came to operate. forklifts or inspectors from the Department of Agriculture who offered advice for the management of perishable foods. The outdoor area was used as a freezer and an unheated warehouse was transformed into a giant refrigerator. "

Source: The duty, January 6, 2018

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