About a week after the GTA and Southern Ontario Ice Storm that coated trees with inches of ice, caused massive power outages and disrupted Christmas celebrations, we were still seeing the extensive damage in some areas.
Taking a drive in the northern part of Burlington, through Lowville and Flamborough one week after the ice storm, we saw many trees either snapped or bowing down almost to the ground; branches littering the ground everywhere and small chunks of ice on the side of the road where pieces have fallen off the trees creating a glistening gravel.
Some homes in these rural areas are still without power and stand dark and empty… no cars or trucks in the driveways as people have headed to visit friends and family to keep warm.
During our drive, crews removing trees and fixing power lines were a common sight, and we could see the tiredness on their faces. They are working hard and around the clock to repair the damage. Some roads like Cedar Springs Road are blocked to traffic, indicating damage ahead.
The ice storm and consequent fresh flurries of snow have left the landscape looking definitively like a winter wonderland. It’s beautiful and a reminder of the ‘good old days” when Canadian winters, even in Southern Ontario, were full of snowbanks, icicles and chilly temperatures. However, it’s also reminded us the power of Mother Nature to do damage and disrupt our lives.
A few photos from the drive today, taken via iPhone: