Power failures across Quebec
Domenico Ciarallo sent in this photo of the heavy snowfall in Saint Lazare. Some roads are impassable because trees and branches are bent low under the load (Dec. 18, 2012)
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012 8:03AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 19, 2012 10:23AM EST
The heavy snow that fell yesterday across Quebec has knocked out power in many areas.
About 10 cm accumulated in Montreal, but other regions received roughly double that amount.
The heavy, wet snow brought down trees and power lines in a band from the Laurentians to the Quebec City region to the border with New Brunswick.
Hydro Quebec said that as of 7 a.m. Wednesday, about 35,000 customers were without power. Three hours later that number was reduced by 6,000.
The utility company was sending 40 teams to St. Lazare and Hudson to clear trees and remove branches that brought down power lines. However spokespeople said that trees were continuing to fall under the weight of the snow, so that progress was slow.
Two schools, Evergreen Elementary in St. Lazare and Westwood High School - Senior Campus in Hudson had to close early Tuesday because they lost power, and were not scheduled to reopen on Wednesday because electricity had yet to be restored.