Last Sunday Morning, the worst storm in the history of Toronto hit in the form of freezing ice which blanketed the city, bringing down trees and power lines and leaving 300,000 residents without heat or power. Excitement for the holiday season came to a halt as many were in the dark throughout Christmas, while others were forced to resort to alternative housing options such as community warming centres. Majority of residents were without power for up to 5 days, some 725 people still waiting on restoration efforts that have cost the city approximately $1 million a day and an estimated total of $10 million.
Personally, having gone 3 days without power myself, I cannot imagine the plight of those who were left in the cold for twice as long or those in apartments where residents were forced to use the dark stairwells. Thankfully, city officials report that the last of those who have endured the length of this devastation will be provided relief by the end of today.