Quebecers without power after ice storm

Dec. 28, 2009 at 8:50 AM
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KIRK'S FERRY, Quebec, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Thousands of residents of the Outaouais region of Quebec remained without electrical power Monday after a weekend ice storm, officials said.

Hydro Quebec spokeswoman Isabelle Knuckle said that as of late Sunday afternoon, some 11,000 power customers were still in the dark, down from as many as 20,000 Outaouais homes that had lost power when an ice storm struck Saturday night, the Ottawa Citizen reported.

She said most of the 11,000 customers who remained without power would have to wait until Monday afternoon before it is restored, the newspaper said.

One of the main differences between this week's ice storm and the massive Quebec power outages caused by a similar storm 11 years ago is the what residents are most missing, Jeanne Gallagher of Kirk's Ferry, Quebec, told the Citizen.

In 1998, Gallagher said, she felt the loss of her television the most.

"At this time tomorrow -- since I won't be able to charge my Blackberry -- it will probably be the Internet," she said.

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