Wind, rain knock out power to more than 900,000 customers across Quebec

Ice storm

QUE. JAN 12 Hydro workers prepare equipment to replace downed transmission towers in St. Sebastien Que. 1998

Mr. Martel told reporters Sunday that significant progress had been made in bringing the number of clients without power from 990,000 at its peak Friday afternoon down to 119,000 almost 48 hours later.

Environment Canada still has most of Southern Quebec under Rainfall and Wind Warnings, as rain continues in some areas and winds are expected to reach up to 100 km/h in regions like Montreal.

Eric Martel, president of Hydro-Quebec, said about 1,000 hydro employees were working to fix 250 hydro poles knocked out during the storm.

Eric Fillion, president of Hydro-Quebec's electricity distribution department, said roughly 1,000 workers had been dispatched across Quebec to restore power. - 85 kilometres east of Montreal - said a 63-year-old man was killed by a falling tree outside his home. But few workers from outside the province were available, because areas around Quebec were also hit hard by the strong winds and rain.

Julien says nine teams from New Brunswick are in the province helping Quebec hydro workers restore electricity and other teams from MI are expected by the evening.

The broken electrical poles and downed power lines are nothing compared with the province's 1998 ice storm, which plunged 1.4 million clients into darkness for several weeks.

"We are putting in all the effort to bring the situation back to normal as quickly as possible", Martel said.

Meantime, authorities in Sherbrooke, Que., said Friday they evacuated 150 homes that were being threatened by the rising water of the St. Francois River in the downtown area.

Heavy rain also brought flooding to southern parts of the province but Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault says she doesn't have the precise numbers of those forced from their homes because local authorities haven't updated their figures.

So far, Hydro One has returned power to around 198,500 customers, with 223,500 individuals affected across the province since the start of the event.

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