Decade since ice storm left 400,000 outages in New Hampshire

December 11, 2018 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It’s been 10 years since a devastating ice storm hit New Hampshire, leaving more than 400,000 residents and businesses without power.

Emergency management officials said over 200 communities had experienced power loss when the storm hit Dec. 11 and 12, 2008. Some were without electricity for two weeks.

More than 450 schools were forced to close and the state suffered more than $150 million in property damage.

Four people died and more than 100 others were injured.

The storm prompted a formal review of the utility companies’ preparations for and response to such events. Utilities made many changes to improve their emergency-response planning.