power outage | Repairs of a “giant” nature

The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Jonathan Julien, warned on Friday that the nature of the repairs to be made to Quebec’s power grid in the coming days was “huge”, again calling on residents to be patient and understanding in the matter. Context.

Posted at 7:40 AM
Updated at 10:10 am.

Henry Owlette Vezina

Henry Owlette Vezina

“The experience we are currently experiencing is disproportionate to the experience of 2019, which affected more people. But here, we see that the nature of the reforms that need to be made to the network is enormous. […] It’s very hilly, so it’s double action. Yes, there is a breakdown, but there is also a path to a breakdown,” he told a news conference in Lachute, at Laurentians.

More than 2,000 people are still at work, working about 12 hours a day to recover energy. “We are talking about mature trees that are 50 centimeters tall, so they are very energy-intensive, they take a lot of time, but rest assured that every effort is being made to sort out the situation,” the minister said.

Acknowledging that the patience of many Quebecers has been “severely tested”, he nevertheless asserts that the efforts were not “waned” but, on the contrary, “increased”, among other things, by the arrival of reinforcements from New Brunswick in particular.

2 days to resupply 40 customers

On the site, Eric Fillion, executive vice president and chief operating officer and customer experience officer at Hydro-Québec, noted that the task is delicate to say the least. “Here at Sir John Lake, we have about 40 clients, and trees over a meter in diameter have fallen on our sons, who have tore up poles. We will have to clear the vegetation and plant poles in the rock. It will take at least two days of work to resupply 40 clients,” he said. To illustrate the “enormous” scale of repairs that still need to be done.

During the night from Thursday to Friday, the storms unfortunately led to an increase in the number of fired customers, which exceeded 40,000 in Quebec. “Fortunately, we suspect it was the young trees that touched our sons, so they should recover more quickly. But the initial balance, 30,000 we are working on, hopefully will be around 20,000 tomorrow morning. We still have a big weekend,” Mr. Fillion said. very”.

He also warned that “the rain will obviously slow our construction a little bit”, saying he was aware that people’s patience is increasing on the sixth day of the landslides. “People are eager to find electrical service, but we ask again not to touch the trees, not to go near the wires. It is very important.”

“Please do not improvise the energy professionals. Stay away from the wires in your area, if there are still any liars around,” Minister Julien appealed, however, to emphasize “citizen and community solidarity” and a warm welcome reserved for the Hydro-Québec teams. “Teams have told me they welcome the champ. And I think they are.”

Just before 11 a.m., more than 47,000 subscribers were still without power, including more than 26,000 in the Laurentians alone. The other two regions most affected by the outages are still the regions of Lanudiere and Ottaway. On Friday morning, there were about 7,000 subscribers without electricity more than at the end of Thursday evening.

In Ontario, most of the 37,000 Hydro-Quebec subscribers in the Ottawa area still without power on Friday must restore it during the day. However, weather conditions can affect recovery efforts if strong winds, rain and thunderstorms occur.

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    Bad weather last Saturday killed at least 11 people in Ontario and Quebec. The latest death, reported Thursday, is of a 58-year-old man who was hit by a fallen tree in a remote area of ​​Marmora municipality and a lake.

    Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)

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