Thousands of Quebecers still in the dark after a powerful winter storm | PKBNEWS

In Quebec, thousands of people are still without power on Monday after a major winter storm swept through the southern half of the province in time for the holidays.

Hydro-Quebec reports that nearly 70,000 customers are still without power as of 10 a.m. on Boxing Day. The regions of Quebec, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord are among the most affected regions.

“We are moving crews from region to region to ensure that the most affected regions have the number of teams on the ground necessary for the scale of the work to be carried out in their area,” the company wrote. on Twitter.

“The situation is still evolving in real time.”

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A major winter storm plunges parts of Quebec into darkness, leaving more than 300K without power

The utility says crews are working to restore power, but the majority of the remaining outages affect a small number of people at a time, so it takes time to fix. Private companies are also lending a hand in turning the lights back on.

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“Our teams will remain on the ground until each household is reconnected,” said Hydro-Québec. “Given the huge number of places where it is necessary to intervene, the work will clearly take longer in many cases.”

The messy cocktail of powerful winds, snow and ice left more than 350,000 people in the dark late Friday afternoon. In addition to power outages, the winter storm closed schools, caused traffic collisions and disrupted travel plans in the province.

After canceling all Christmas Day trains on its Toronto-Ottawa and Toronto-Montreal routes, Via Rail tweeted Sunday evening that it was also canceling all Boxing Day trains on the corridors due to ongoing complications.

—Wwith files from The Canadian Press

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