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Ice Storm Remembered Twenty-Five Years Later

By Tara Clow Jan 9, 2023 | 8:08 AM

Memories of 25 years ago came flooding back for many New Brunswickers on Sunday, January 8th.

Around 15,000 Canadian Armed Forces members were deployed to Eastern Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick after a devastating ice storm struck.

It was the largest domestic military deployment in Canadian history.

A prolonged period of freezing rain and ice pellets toppled thousands of trees, snapped power lines, and turned roads into skating rinks in January 1998.

Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Lawrence MacAulay says “Canada’s women and men in uniform stepped up to help right here at home during the ice storm that devastated eastern OntarioQuebec and New Brunswick. Working day and night in harsh winter conditions, our troops played a vital role in the disaster relief operation.”

Around 35 people died as a result of the storm, almost 1,000 were injured, and more than 600,000 were temporarily displaced.


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