January 12, 1998 in Nation/World

Guard Hunts For Families Stranded During Ice Storm

Compiled From Wire Services
 

National Guardsmen flew over rural areas of the Northeast Sunday looking for families isolated without power or food since last week’s ice storm. Temperatures threatened to drop below zero during the night.

Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses still had no electricity across northern sections of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

“I’m a little worried that we’re moving into the time when people are starting to lose patience,” said Maine Gov. Angus King. “Even though it’s sunny now, it isn’t over.”

“Tonight is the night that we’ve really got to look after one another,” King said.

Last week’s huge storm caused floods across the South and spread thick, clinging ice across the Northeast and the eastern third of Canada. Eleven deaths were blamed on the storm in Canada, plus two in Maine and one in New York. Seven deaths were counted in Tennessee flooding plus two in North Carolina and one in South Carolina.


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