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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 and the Village

The Grid and the Village

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The Grid and the Village

Stephen Doheny-Farina

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the impact of an ice storm on the United States and Canada. In the United States alone, the storm damaged about 18 million acres of rural and urban forests in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. In New York, the power outage lasted twenty-three days; more than 1,000 transmission towers were damaged; and power companies replaced over 8,000 poles, 1,800 transformers, and 500 miles of wire. In Canada, the outage lasted thirty-three days; more than 1,300 steel towers were damaged; power companies replaced over 35,000 poles and 5,000 transformers. The Canadian response involved the largest peacetime mobilization of military troops in the nation's history. The impact on the region's dairy herds was massive. In New York, 1,400 out of 1,800 dairy farms in the storm region suffered losses.

Keywords:   ice storm, power outage, transmission towers, transformers, power companies

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