1998 Canadian Ice Storm - Tom Malmay
Sub-zero weather hits victims of ice storm MONTREAL (AP) - Below- zero temperatures today left Canadians shivering through their coldest weather since an ice storm knocked out power 10 days ago. Security forces have been rushing freezing residents to hospitals since the cold spell began Tuesday, and one town has persuaded a railway company to loan two huge locomotives to serve as emergency generators. Temperatures in the stricken areas of eastern Ontario and southern Quebec fell overnight to 6 below zero, and the wind chill factor made it feel like 30 below in some areas. In Greenfield Park, south of Montreal, relief workers have found 38 people in freezing homes, including four taken to a hospital with hypothermia. "They knocked at a door and a lady answered," Mayor Marc Duclos said. "Her lips were blue. ... She just didn't want to leave her home so they had to call on social workers to convince the lady to leave for her own safety." At the peak of the ice storm, some 3 million Canadians in five provinces were without power. By early today, the figure had dipped below 1 million - about 125,000 in Ontario and the rest in southern Quebec, mostly in the so-called Blackout Triangle near Montreal where 100 towns face another week or two without power while lines are rebuilt. "It's like after a war," pharmacist Michel Clermont said Wednesday as he girded for another day trying to survive in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.