Victoria Blizzard of 1996

By: Gift Dickerson.

Victoria blizzard

  • On December 28 1996 snow started to fall in Victoria, British Columbia.

  • This storm lasted from the 28th of December to the 1st of January.

Death toll

  • Many people where injured but only a few died. The roofs of houses caved in under the weight of the snow.

  • Rain and flooding washed out some of the roads and started landslides.

Pictures of blizzard

Economic hardship

The snow was nearly 5 ft tall, power outages and snow damage forced more than 3 thousand people into emergency shelters.

Damage and clean up cost around $200 million Canadian dollars.

Interesting facts

The weather during the blizzard forced the postponement of a hockey game in Vancouver between the Canucks and the San Jose Sharks.

Most television stations struggled to get new reports on the air.

According to the globe and mail one person died in a head on collision while a man in Victoria was suffocated after his idling car got stuck in a snowdrift.