"Mid-Michigan's Greatest Storm Ever !"

The 1976 Ice Storm is considered by many weather authorities to be one of the states worst natural disaster of all time.






Saginaw County - Presidential Declarations - Major Disaster
Other Information Of The 1976 Ice Storm:
01.)  NWS "Milwaukee Wisconsin"  March 4-5, 1976 - South / East - devastating ice storm - One of the worst natural disasters to hit Wisconsin in history. This incredible ice storm completely snapped hundreds of utility poles, downed thousands of power and telephone lines and totally destroyed many trees. Some ice accumulations ranged up to a phenomenal five inches in diameter on wires and limbs of trees. The excessive ice accumulations were in part caused by thunderstorms that rapidly built up the ice. High winds gusting to 60 mph made a horrible situation even worse. Up to 600,000 residences were directly affected by the ice storm and up to 100,000 people were without power during the height of the storm. Some rural areas were without power for over 10 days. The following counties were declared federal disaster areas due to the ice storm: Calumet, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Ozaukee, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Vernon, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha.

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 03, 1976
Headline: Ice Storm / Michigan

Abstract: (Michigan) Ice storm knocks out power and other services in Michigan. Algonac lost power, sewerage and water. 250,000 Detroit homes blacked out by storm. Storm brought rain to California; freezing drizzle to Colorado and sleet from Wisconsin to New England.
REPORTER: HR (narrates)


Begin Time: 05:21:00 pm
End Time: 05:21:30 pm
TVN Record Number: 42531
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