Thousands of people across southern Quebec are without power Tuesday after freezing rain hit the region Thousands of people across southern Quebec are without power Tuesday after freezing rain hit the region
Thousands of people in southern Quebec might have to spend another night without electricity.
Power will not be fully restored for at least another 24 hours, emergency officials said Tuesday afternoon.
A little more than 140,000 hydro clients across southern Quebec are without power on Tuesday evening after freezing rain hit the region on Monday.
Most of those cases were in the regions of Laval, Lanaudière and the Laurentians, all north of Montreal.
“There are lots of little power breaks due to the storm, which is why it’s taking time to rectify the situation,” said Sylvain Gariépy, a division chief of operations with the Laval fire department.
Be careful’ says premier
Hydro-Québec says the power will not be fully restored until Wednesday.
Quebec Premier François Legault tweeted Tuesday evening that he is following the situation closely, and urged Quebecers to contact their municipalities to find out what kind of emergency measures are in place.
Carbon monoxide, fire, traffic
The power failures have caused dozens of emergencies ranging from carbon monoxide poisoning to fires and traffic pileups, especially in Laval, fire and police officials said Tuesday.
Gariépy said his crews have responded to fires, including house fires caused by candles.
He said there have also been two cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, including one family that brought a barbecue in the house to warm up. A man was also found unconscious after authorities believe he inhaled toxic fumes from a fuel-burning generator he had indoors.
Gariépy said five people in total have been taken to hospital so far, but all are in good condition.
Carbon monoxide leaks have occurred as a result of people bringing barbecues and stoves into their homes, and bringing generators too close to their homes, he said.
Trees and branches have been bowing under the weight of ice buildup after freezing rain swept through southern Quebec on Monday. (Mathieu Wagner/Radio-Canada)
The power outages began Monday morning as freezing rain and high winds rolled into the province, coating surfaces in slick ice and knocking down trees and power lines.
Hydro-Québec spokesperson Louis-Olivier Batty said the power company has deployed every available team to restore power as quickly as possible.
Crews have to repair an estimated 800 individual outages, mostly in Laval, the Laurentians and Lanaudière — and to a lesser extent, in the regions of Montreal, Montérégie, which is east of Montreal, and Outaouais, near Ottawa. “In many areas, before our crews can access the network, we have to clear these branches and trees, so it’s not helping our crews to do the work,” he said