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Martha Foley's back yard after the first onslaught
Martha Foley's back yard after the first onslaught

Remembering the Ice Storm of 1998

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This week marks the 10th anniversary of a combination of weather that devastated a huge region of the northeastern U.S. and southern Canada, the ice storm of 1998. An unprecedented five to six days of freezing rain coated everything with inches of ice. Transportation was a nightmare. Tens of thousands of power poles came down. Countless trees snapped under the sheer weight of the ice. In New York's North Country, power was out for three weeks in some homes. It was even longer in parts of rural Canada. There, giant metal utility-towers were left in crumpled heaps. Much of Montreal, with over 3 million inhabitants, lost power for days. In the end, the storm was blamed for at least 35 deaths, and billions of dollars in damages. This week, we'll share the sounds, stories and voices of those weeks. Martha Foley has part one of our special coverage.

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The first plow down Boyden Road in Canton

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Martha Foley
News and Public Affairs Director

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