This past week has been exceptionally miserable for hundreds of thousands of Quebec residents that lost their power on Monday. Although a few homes and businesses have had their electricity restored, over 110,000 people are still being affected by the outages.
Areas such as Laval, Lanaudière and the Laurentians have been hit the hardest, with more regions north of Montreal still in total darkness this Wednesday morning.
The ongoing power outages have also led to life-threatening conditions for Quebec families, with at least 10 people being treated for carbon monoxide poisoning by the Laval fire department, according to the CBC.
Not only that, but many others have experienced fires and floods within the last 48 hours - all related to the power outages across the province.
TL;DR Power outages are still ongoing across southern Quebec, with frustrated customers taking to social media to share concerns, vent and ask for assistance. Hydro-Québec has said that all power should be restored in the province by Thursday.
As of now, 17 fires have been reported and were caused by either a lit candle, generators and fireplaces. It gets worse, as there have also been reports of car accidents caused by traffic lights not currently working, causing mass confusion on the roads.
Flooded basements are also an increasing epidemic in the province due to broken pipes.
Although Hydro-Québec says at least 500 crews are attempting to restore power, affected home and business owners have taken to social media to rant about just how bad things actually are:
@client_hydro @hydroquebec Hi again, I understand & appreciate the magnitude of the issues you’re facing. I appreci… https://t.co/jUy6Mkl3eY— RAnnDomized (@RAnnDomized) 1554898739.0
Day 3 of living the Amish life @hydroquebec— Erica (@Erica) 1554897639.0
Some are even calling Hydro-Québec "one of the least reliable [hydro companies] in North America."
While it's unclear if that is true, it's understandable why people are so frustrated, as Hydro-Quebec has seen a serious number of outages as of late, both in the city and elsewhere.
@client_hydro @hydroquebec @laval311 Still no power in Ste.Rose. Almost 3 days with no power. Hydro going to pay my food bill?🤣— Matthew Jeffrey (@Matthew Jeffrey) 1554896406.0
PANNES D'ÉLECTRICITÉ. Imaginez pour 10mm de verglas l'électricité n'est pas encore rétablie partout! Hydro-Gabon!… https://t.co/bmCqexUlsL— Michel Morin (@Michel Morin) 1554899950.0
The tweet above reads:"POWER OUTAGES. Imagine for 10MM of ice the electricity is not yet restored everywhere! Hydro-Gabon! What would have happened if as in 1998, it had fallen 40mm? The truth is that the Hydro-Québec network is one of the least reliable in North America."
@hydroquebec any idea when the power will be back for Laval in the Le Corbusier/Tessier area? Going on 48 hours and… https://t.co/oO1OwBLm8m— Maxime Cearns-Desgagné (@Maxime Cearns-Desgagné) 1554895879.0
@client_hydro @hydroquebec Comment pouvez-vous laisser une region entiere sans électricité? Je suis à Ste-Rose et… https://t.co/2TQUO8zwjG— Kouti (@Kouti) 1554894864.0
The tweet above reads: "How can you leave an entire region without electricity? I'm in Ste-Rose and yesterday I had to get to the hospital not any gas station open. Also we are more than 7000 homes without current and it does not seem to move forward."
Others have posted photos to Instagram of tree branches that have fallen overtop telephone wires in the street or collapsed onto the road. This could lead to even more outages, car accidents and even fires.
Luckily, it does look as though Hydro-Québec has been making its rounds across the province.
And people have also taken to Twitter to show their relief for finally having their electricity back.
The good news is that there is an unconfirmed report that all power should be restored by 12:00 p.m. today, though yesterday's reports did caution people that some areas won't see power until later.
According to Hydro-Québec themselves, power in areas that were hit the hardest will be restored by Thursday.
Le poids de la neige sur la végétation éprouvée par le verglas autour de notre réseau a causé de nouvelles pannes h… https://t.co/PnTNoyalmX— Hydro-Québec (@Hydro-Québec) 1554893139.0
The tweet above reads: "The weight of snow on the ice-proven vegetation around our network caused new breakdowns yesterday, but the majority should have regained power in the morning. Full recovery of hardest hit areas Thursday."
Either way, it doesn't look like customers will be without electricity for much longer.
Stay tuned for updates.