Topics: Freezing rain, Ice storm, Government Pages: 2 (526 words) Published: February 24, 2014
The Unexpected Ice Storm

Imagine going to sleep while freezing rain is falling from the sky. Upon waking up, ice has formed on your trees, your power is out, and trees in your area have split right in half or even worse, branches have snapped off. The trees may look beautiful, but it can become a hazard at any second because a branch might snap off and land on you. That is what happened in Ontario's most recent ice storm.

Over 500,000 people in Ontario had no power, which affected many people. That is unbelievable! The GO Transit was arriving more than an hour late, 68 out of 1500 scheduled flights were cancelled and companies couldn't run their business. All these companies should've had a backup plan in case a crisis occurring such as, if the company was big, they could've transferred to another one of the company's building since big companies usually have more than one workplace.

People couldn't even get ready for Christmas because the power was out. Even though an ice storm hadn't occurred for a long time in Ontario, that shouldn't give us an excuse of not being prepared because it has happened to us before. The Weather Network had also given us a freezing rain warning, which resulted in an ice storm.

An estimated $75 million is the cost for the ice storm cleanup and will take six to eight weeks. Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly stated: "We are relieved to be moving from an emergency phase to restoring people's ability to move around their neighbourhoods."

Something good that the government did was they had given people without power grocery gift cards so they could buy food. Around $835,000 worth of gift cards was given out and helped over 8500 families and individuals. After three days there were no more gift cards and all the people who were waiting in line were not pleased because it had wasted their time. Norma Barrientos was angry and described the experience as "disorganized and so inconvenient." Even though this idea started off well, it...
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