It Was 15 Years Ago Today


Tuesday marks the 15th anniversary of the beginning of the now infamous Ice Storm of 1998.

A heavy coating of ice began falling beginning during the overnight hours of January 8. 

In the light of day, the extent of the damage, including downed trees and power lines, became even more visible.

The thick ice destroyed hundreds of utility poles and thousands of people went without power for days. 

Some folks were without electricity for weeks.

When the ice melted, there was the worst flooding the region had ever seen. 

Rivers reached record levels in all three counties, forcing people out of their homes and washing away roads.

As bad as the ice storm was, some good came out of it - particularly when it came to neighbors helping neighbors, forging new friendships in shelters and proving the north country could pull together in a time of natural disaster.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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