Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Great Ice Storm of 1998 *

Between January fifth, and tenth 1998, for more than 80 hours, was a steady freezing rain fell over an area thousands of square miles around Eastern Ontario.  Ottawa, Kingston, Quebec, Northern New York, and Northern New England all got hit.  A little farther south had severe flooding, and heavy rains.  And farther east had heavy snow falls. 
Lots of power lines were broken, and over 1,000 pylons collapsed due to ice.  More than 4,000,000 people were without power.  About 700,000 of Maine's residents-out of about 1.2 million-lost power.  Powerloss meant many farmers could not get water to their animals.  And the heavy ice made barn roofs collapse.  Many farm animals were killed.
Bridges and Tunnel were shut down.  Parts of "Old Montreal" were shut down because sheets of ice were falling off of buildings.
Millions of trees were brought down.  The Maple syrup industry suffered badly.  And Quebec has the largest Maple Syrup industry in the world! (Is that why Canada has a maple leaf on their flag?!)
The cost of the damage was 5-7 billion dollars.  Only 35 people died, and 28 of those were in Canada.  945 other people got injured. 
This is where I got most of my information!


1 comment:

  1. It was incredible. Here in Maine, many people lost pwer for three weeks.


Quick facts:
Bettas need at LEAST 3.5 Gallons of water, a filter, a heater, lights, and a thermometer!
Fish are not as easy to keep as most people think.
Guppies are also called "Millions Fish" because they have so many babies!
Bettas, and some other fish have an organ called the "Labyrinth" which allows them to breathe air.

What do you think about that?