February 16 2018 Programme – Heritage Day
The Great Ice Storm – 20 years after
It was considered by many to be the “Storm of the Century” but it started off innocently at the beginning of January 1998 as a light freezing drizzle.The accumulation of freezing rain over several days created havoc and turmoil as a natural disaster that is still felt in many communities today. Goulbourn Township was under a state of emergency for 11 days (ending January 18 1998). In the end it brought down over 100,000 kilometres of power lines and caused an estimated $2 billion of damages to eastern Ontario and southern Quebec.
Our entire community came to the rescue with community suppers, drop-in centres, shared accommodation and clean-up help. Come out and reminisce as we look back at this major disaster that affected Goulbourn township as the icy grip spread through eastern Ontario and souther Quebec.
This month’s even is being held at the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch Saturday February 17 2018 at 1:30pm. Come along, and bring a friend to relive our heritage. Refreshments will also be available.