I didn’t get a chance to post about this earlier, and of course not during the ice storm blackout itself – we were with no electricity/heat/hot water/etc for a week! But still want to post something on this disaster and share couple of my favourite pictures from it, all from different sources.
It all started in a pretty cool way – after 2 days of ice raining at night we saw some weird green lightnings outside the window, and we couldn’t understand what’s those cool green flashes are until we lost electricity and figured those were heavy from ice electric lines breaking. First night was fun in a warm house, with candles, but in the morning, waking up in much colder house, in the news we read to expect over 72 hours for electricity to get fixed, the whole city ran to buy propane heaters, propane lanterns and all related equipment. By mid day all of this stuff was gone from all stores in and around Toronto! We figured it would be a good idea to get a generator, but by the time we got to them we only saw the last generators being carried away by other smarter people. Anyhow, the situation was pretty miserable. For couple days everyone were hanging around in their houses, trying to keep warm with -15 Celcius outside, and then by Tue, Christmas Eve, everyone just went to their friends&family who had electricity. We stayed longer, and it was pretty creepy at night – no houses had light, it’s super cold both inside and outside the house, ice kingdom all around – trees and wires look like as if they’re made out of swarowski crystals, it’s completely quiet, no cars driving by, and you only hear from time to time in this absolute stillness how whole trees or their huge branches are falling. Wow! It totally felt like “day after tomorrow” or any other hollywood apocalyptic film. Glad Toronto pretty quickly created heating&food centres for those in need, many people were helped there. Overall it seems like Christmas was messed up by this event, but on the other hand it made many people reconnect and help each other, kindness was everywhere – we were checking on our neighbours, other neighbour were checking on us, there were news about people helping each other and animals all around, so I guess this kind of events in a way provokes people for more kindness and care than they would usually do, which is always a good thing. Go figure.