In response to requests under mutual aid agreements between North American utility companies, some fifty Hydro-Québec (HQ) workers were on their way to Long Island in the State of New York to lend a hand to their American colleagues. Approximately 200 HQ linemen are already hard at work in New Hampshire and Connecticut.
According to an estimate released on Thursday (November 1), over 4 million American households remain without power. The outages affected over 8 million at the peak of the storm.
“Hydro-Québec has deployed large numbers of crews to the United States in the past, particularly in summer following tornadoes and hurricanes. Hydro-Québec’s assistance is modest for now, but will be adjusted depending on the situation as it evolves on the ground,” said spokesperson Yvan Cliche.
Impact of Sandy on Québec
Hydro-Québec is closely monitoring the situation in Québec in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It is currently evaluating the possible impacts of the storm in order to take all necessary measures without delay if the situation worsens.
If necessary, the crews dispatched to the United States will be quickly called back to ensure the speedy restoration of service in Québec.