Nearly 19,000 Quebec hydroelectric customers still without power nearly a week after the storm

Nearly 19,000 Hydro-Québec customers are still without power this morning after winter storms hit eastern Canada last week.

A utility outage map shows more than 5,700 customers in the Quebec City area, nearly 5,000 in the Côte Nord area, and over 2,400 in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean without electricity.

Hydro-Québec’s CEO said earlier this week that many of the remaining outages are complex to fix, with few customers affected and likely requiring crews to use snowshoes or snowmobiles to reach the lines. said there is

The utility has promised power will be restored for the majority of customers by the end of the day, but has also said it cannot provide an end date for all outages.

Hydro-Québec’s services have become unreliable, and the state’s Crown companies are ill-equipped to meet the challenges of an aging grid, according to a December Comptroller General’s report. Hmm.

But CEO Sophie Broche said weaknesses in the power grid were the reason hundreds of thousands of Quebecers lost power during the storm that began in Quebec on December 23. Instead, he said it was abnormal weather.

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