Power outages | Repairs of a “gigantic” nature

The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Jonatan Julien, warned on Friday that the nature of the repairs to be carried out on the Quebec electricity grid in the coming days is “enormous”, and again urges the population to be patient and understanding . link.

Posted at 7:40
Updated at 10:10

Henri Ouellette-Vezina

Henri Ouellette-Vezina
The press

“The experience we are experiencing at the moment is disproportionate to 2019, which had affected more people. But here we see that the nature of the repairs to be made to the network is gigantic. […] It’s very hilly, so it’s double work. Yes, there is the collapse, but there is also the way to get to the collapse, “he said at a press conference in Lachute, in Laurentians.

More than 2,000 people are still at work, working about 12 hours a day to restore power. “We are talking about mature trees that are 50 centimeters high, so it is energy-intensive, it takes a lot of time, but be sure that everything is done to regulate the situation,” the minister said.

Recognizing that the patience of many Quebecers has been “severely tested”, he nevertheless assures that efforts have not been “diminished” but, on the contrary, “increased”, including the arrival of reinforcements from New Brunswick in particular.

Two days to supply 40 customers

On the spot, the executive vice president and chief operating officer and customer experience officer at Hydro-Québec, Éric Fillion, also reminded that the task is, to say the least, delicate. “Here at Lake Sir John we have about 40 customers, and trees more than a meter in diameter have been knocked down on our sons, who have torn down poles. We will have to clean up the vegetation, plant poles in the rock. It will take at least two days of work to supply 40 customers again, “he said to illustrate the” colossal “scale of the repairs still to be carried out.

During the night from Thursday to Friday, the gusts unfortunately increased the number of crashed customers, which increased over 40,000 in Quebec. “Fortunately, we suspect that it was small trees that touched our sons, so it should recover faster. But the initial balance, the 30,000 we are working on, we hope to bring it up to around 20,000 tomorrow morning. We still have a very big weekend, ”said Mr. Fillion.

“The rain will obviously slow down our construction work a bit,” he also warned, saying he was aware that on the sixth day of the crashes, people’s impatience is rising. “People are eager to find the electricity service, but we ask once again not to touch the trees, not to approach the wires. It is very important, ”he hammered.

“Please do not improvise energy specialists. Get away from the wires in your area if there are still any lying around,” Minister Julien also pleaded, stressing, however, “civil and community solidarity” and the warm welcome reserved for the Hydro-Québec teams. “Hold tells me they have a heroic welcome. And I think they are,” he concluded.

Shortly before At 11 a.m., more than 47,000 subscribers still had no electricity, including more than 26,000 in the Laurentians region alone. The other two regions most affected by the disruptions were still Lanaudière and Outaouais. Friday morning, there were about 7,000 subscribers who were deprived of electricity more than late at night, Thursday.

In Ontario, most of the 37,000 Hydro-Quebec subscribers in the Ottawa region, which was still without power on Friday, had to get it back during the day. However, weather conditions can affect the restoration effort if stronger 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 a 58-year-old man who was hit by a falling tree in a remote area of ​​the municipality of Marmora & Lake.

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