MONTREAL, July 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Following the severe
thunderstorms that swept through southern Québec during the evening of
Friday, July 19, causing numerous outages and extensive damage in
certain locations, Hydro-Québec has restored service to over 90% of its
affected customers. All crews were mobilized to restore service as
quickly as possible.
By 11 a.m. on Monday, July 22, there were still over 1,500 outages
affecting about 44,000 customers throughout Québec. Given the high
number of outages, our crews are required to carry out several
operations to restore power to a limited number of customers at a time.
Hundreds of employees and contractors are continuing their efforts to
rebuild heavily damaged portions of the power system and restore
service as quickly as possible. Hydro-Québec would like to thank all
affected customers for their patience and understanding.
Contrary to certain allegations reported in the Journal de Montréal, Hydro-Québec has not reduced its vegetation control budget in recent
years. The current situation is unique given that, in many cases, the
trees and branches that fell on the power system were not near the
distribution lines. Hydro-Québec has a cyclical pruning program in
place and dedicated teams that carry out this work. The company ensures
the work is conducted in accordance with all applicable requirements.
Hydro-Québec expects to restore service to the various regions as
Laval: service has been restored to close to 85% of affected customers. In some of the hardest hit areas, service is expected to be restored
by some time Tuesday. In some isolated cases, the work could go on
Outaouais, Laurentides and Lanaudière: service has been restored to over
80% of affected customers. In some of the hardest hit areas, the work could go on until
Montréal, Montérégie and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean: service has been
restored to all affected customers.
At the height of the disturbances, nearly 560,000 households were
without power. In total, Hydro-Québec had to deal with approximately
Hydro-Québec would like to remind its customers to stay away from power
lines and to exercise caution when working near its facilities.
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