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The Capitale-Nationale and Estrie regions were still the most affected on Monday afternoon.< /p>Radio-Canada

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Around 53,000 Quebec homes were without electricity around 4:15 p.m. Monday, according to Hydro-Québec, following the weather cocktail that affected certain regions.

The two regions most affected by these power outages were those of Capitale-Nationale and Estrie, with respectively more than 27,000 and nearly 13,000 subscribers plunged into darkness. In Chaudière-Appalaches, nearly 4,000 customers did not have electricity; there were more than 4,200 in Centre-du-Québec.

In all of Quebec, 352 outages were listed around 4 p.m. 15.

A spokesperson for the public affairs department of the state company, Francis Labbé, explained that the most affected regions by breakdowns are those where the snowfall of the last few hours has been the most abundant.

The heaviness of the snow which fell on the vegetation caused tree branches to break, which then fell on electrical wires .

Mr. Labbé reported that Hydro-Québec hoped that restoration of most outages could occur by the end of the day. However, he clarified that in the least inhabited disaster areas, each restoration of power only benefits a handful of subscribers.

Earlier, Monday, the state corporation carried out an inventory of the resources available in the regions which were only slightly affected by the outages, in particular those of Montreal, Outaouais and the Montérégie, so that they can travel to the disaster areas to help their colleagues working on recovery.

At the beginning of the month, presenting Hydro-Québec's 2035 Action Plan, President and CEO Michael Sabia declared that the state-owned company planned to invest $90 to $110 billion over the next 12 years to increase its production capacity and enhance the capacity of its electricity transmission network.

He added that between 45 and 50 billion should be used to ensure the reliability of infrastructure, which would, according to the electricity supplier, allow reduce the frequency of outages by 35% over a period of 7 to 10 years.

To offer better service, Hydro-Québec plans to deploy new equipment on the distribution network, such as composite poles and conductor protectors, and adopting practices such as light burial of power lines.

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