3000 resident of the Montéregie remain without electricity this morning after a tumultuous 24 hours of mixed severe weather. 20 centimetres of snow then constant freezing rain layered and literally froze everything in sight. Montreal and outer areas still have hundreds of Hydro clients without service at this time.
Reminiscent of the historical 1998 ice storm, most local people were worried that this weather event would keep them ‘in the dark’ for much longer than it actually did.
Ironically this smaller ‘Ice and snow Storm’ fell on the actual anniversary of the historical 1998 Ice Storm. As if a ‘Déjà vu’, many Chateauguay area residents once again witnessed familiar blue flashes in the dark sky, and heard the occasional ‘Boom’ of transformers as they were being rendered powerless during yesterday’s event.
Trees and branches covered in ice were once again the habitual culprits to the outages.
As in the famous ‘Ice Storm of 1998’ ice laden falling branches and other severe weather related conditions knocked out area Hydro lines, and thousands of South Shore residents remained powerless- some enduring the disaster for long weeks on end..
During yesterday’s storm, thousands of Chateauguay residents had increasingly been left without electricity from early morning on, although the majority of Hydro customers had their power fully restored by evening.
Area locals sighed a breath of relief last evening when the local power outages were resolved so quickly. Hydro reportedly had crews already anticipating such an event.
To the continued dismay of many, telephone calls to Hydro’s customer service went directly to their automated system as clients attempted to inquire about time delays for the reestablishment of service.
High winds and cold conditions have flash frozen many of our roadways and sidewalks overnight.
The high winds that started overnight are reportedly causing more power outages this morning according to Hydro Québec.
So- cross your fingers, and don’t put away those candles just yet!