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The Grid and the VillageLosing Electricity, Finding Community, Surviving Disaster$
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Stephen Doheny-Farina

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300089776

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300089776.001.0001

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The Grid Rebuilt

The Grid Rebuilt

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The Grid and the Village

Stephen Doheny-Farina

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the breakdown and rebuilding of the electric grid in Potsdam in January 1998. It discusses how, unlike the focused, piercing devastation of a tornado, hurricane, flood, or earthquake, the breakdown of the grid took a week to evolve as it slowly, incrementally compressed the power grid past the breaking point. The heaviest accumulations covered the Seaway valley from its source at the eastern edge of Lake Ontario across a wide path north and south of the river all the way past Montreal. When the rain finally stopped falling, those lands were under more than four inches of ice. The chapter discusses various problems that people of the affected area had to face, and also discusses how power was restored in the region and the grid was brought back to normal.

Keywords:   disasters, tornado, power grid, breaking point, ice storm

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