All images Copyright 2002 by Steven L. Van Dyke
The Great KC Ice Storm of 2002

The Great KC Ice Storm of 2002

Tuesday, January 29th, 2002 the temperature in Kansas City began to drop and rain began to fall. Before it ended over 250,000 customers were without power and thousands of trees were dead or damaged. It was the great KC ice storm of 2002. These are a few pictures I took of the scenes.

As I said, the storm started around noon on Tuesday, the 29th. By Wednesday morning the city was covered in ice and downed tree limbs. At my house we were very fortunate - we never lost power and all of the tree limbs that fell around us simply hit dirt. One of our neighbors lost a whole, major, tree at 5:11 AM on Wednesday - I heard it when it went.

On Thursday, the 31st the storm was down to a light drizzle and the temperature was hovering around freezing. As things began to melt I grabbed my camera and went down to Liberty Memorial at lunch time. Because it was such a black and white scene, I shot black & white film. On Friday, the sun was shining and everything was melting. I shot another lunch time roll of black & white at our house, plus a roll of color.

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