The aggravation of Hydro Quebec’s services

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In an effort to address the frequent power outages experienced by Hydro Quebec, for clients in L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, I would like to share my observations with Hydro Quebec. The only time we lose power is when we   experience rain, snow, wind, cold weather, heat, clouds, or sun.

In an effort to address the frequent power outages experienced by Hydro Quebec, for clients in L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, I would like to share my observations with Hydro Quebec. The only time we lose power is when we   experience rain, snow, wind, cold weather, heat, clouds, or sun. I have yet to        determine if a flock of geese flying over the island also causes a power outage.  Hopefully this information will be useful to Hydro Quebec.
In all seriousness, it is incomprehensible that in the year 2014, the problem of all too frequent power interruptions on this island cannot be rectified. Yesterday, June 29th, we experienced three power outages in an 8-hour period. We lose power at least once a week, sometimes for two or three hours at a time.
When Hydro Quebec is contacted, we are informed that it is due to equipment failure. I realize that this island in the Pontiac only has a population of 1,500 or so, but hydro is still important.  There are farmers who depend on electricity to power their farm equipment, elderly     residents who depend on electricity for health equipment, and families with young children. Not to mention the aggravation caused by power outages for people getting ready for work,              community events, preparing meals, etc. Many residents are on wells, so they also lose their water services.
I am certain that if this were an urban centre, the problem would have been resolved by now.  If these outages are caused by equipment failure, then I think it is incumbent on Hydro Quebec to upgrade this equipment and resolve the issue. Surely modern technology can be applied. I can understand power outages during major storms, but the situation here is ridiculous and unacceptable.

Roger Lavoie, Councillor
L’ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES