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To All the Snowmageddons I Have Loved Before

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Campbell Street Carleton Place February 17 2016- Photo by Linda Seccaspina

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Photo by Shelley Dunlop February 17 2016

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Photo by Maxine Brown February 17 2016

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Photo by Jenny Melindy February 16 2016

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Photo by Shannon Michie-McDonald-February 16 2016

 

Brick Street Carleton Place February 16 2016-Photo by Linda Seccaspina

 

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Second floor verandah-77 Lake Ave East Carleton Place February 17 2016-Photo by Linda Seccaspina

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Second floor verandah-77 Lake Ave East Carleton Place February 17 2016-Photo by Linda Seccaspina (Can you hear the crack of a whip from inside? Poor guy!)

 

Yesterday the snow never stopped. Over 51 cm in less than 24 hours!! The previous record of 45.7 cm was set on Feb. 8, 1895. Here was the headline in 1895 from the Toronto Daily Mail.

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Cyndy Courtland emailed me this morning with the following comments:

Hi Linda,

With all this snowfall in Ottawa and area, I was trying to find a history report about the day Carleton Place was shut down back in 1998…I thought we got 36 inches in 24 hours…my husband says 24…either way it was a TON of snow.  The schools closed at 10:30 that day…I think that would make an interesting article for you.

 

So I began to dig and dig and came up with these gems- but not 1998.

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Ottawa Citizen  1960

 

Now, I searched everywhere and in 1998 I can only seem to find the the Ice Storm of 1998.

In January 1998, 2 separate storms dropped up to 70mm of freezing rain on a wide area stretching from Eastern Ontario to Quebec and New Brunswick. The City of Montreal was one of the hardest hit areas. The weather forecasters predicted both storms and people knew they would be bad. But there was nothing one could do to prevent the ice forming, or the trees falling as it was happening. The storm left hydro towers caked with 70mm of ice and tonnes of weight. Many of these towers crumpled to the ground as if they were made with sheet metal. The power lines exploded brilliantly as they short cirucited, sending only darkness to thousands of homes. Only one main major power line in Montreal remained intact. Most of the 2 million citizens were left in darkness.

 

Many businesses in Montreal lost customers when ice sheets fell from buildings, making a trip downtown an added danger, whether there was power or not. For more than a week at least 700 000 people were without power. People in rural areas, despite the best efforts of Hydro Crews from across Canada the USA, were without power for a month.- Rene Schimdt

 

 

 

Photo by the late Angelo Seccaspina of 50 Julian Street in Carleton Place 1998

 

Photo by the late Angelo Seccaspina of 50 Julian Street in Carleton Place 1998

 

Photo by the late Angelo Seccaspina of 77 Lake Ave East in Carleton Place 1998

Photo by the late Angelo Seccaspina of 77 Lake Ave East/ Campbell Street Kitchen Verandah in Carleton Place 1998

I don’t think anyone will ever forget the aftermath of that ice storm eighteen years ago. Bread rations, families sleeping on army cots in the local arena for weeks and farmers unable to milk their cows. Two deaths were reported in Ottawa, city neighbourhoods went dark, and states of emergency were declared everywhere.

 

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J.G. Lancaster’s Grocery Store in 1947 – now the Eating Place in Carleton Place on Bridge Street.-Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

 

But in all honesty, can anyone beat the weather? Eighteen years ago in January it beat us. But, it didn’t beat us yesterday!

So what do you remember about the snowstorm Cyndy talked about in 1998?

From Teri White’s Facebook page

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