MONTREAL, July 20, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - A front of severe thunderstorms
and high winds swept through southern Québec Friday evening, causing
numerous outages, mainly in the greater Montréal area and Montérégie
region as well as in the Laurentides, Laval, Lanaudière, Outaouais and
Centre-du-Québec. Several hundred employees and contractors are hard at
work to restore service to our customers as soon as possible. Already,
more than 250,000 households have their power back on. At the height of
the storm, nearly 560,000 customers were without electricity.
The power system sustained heavy damages because of trees and branches
falling on the lines. This situation is making it harder for our crews
to repair the system, since they must first clear the debris.
Power has already been restored to 95% of customers in and around the
city of Québec and to about 75% of households in Montréal and the
Montérégie. Service to the remaining customers in these areas should be
restored progressively today and tomorrow.
The Laurentides, Laval, Lanaudière and Outaouais regions were hit more
severely. We are working hard to restore power to as many customers as
possible by tomorrow night. Given the extent of the damages, however,
full service restoration will take a few days in some areas.
Nearly 1,000 Hydro-Québec employees and contractors have been deployed.
This includes some crews from eastern Québec and about 100 workers from
other utilities who are on their way to join in the restoration effort.
Hydro-Québec wishes to thank all affected customers for their patience
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