(Lefebvre) A corridor of powerful winds caused the closure of several roads on Thursday noon, on the territory of the municipalities of L’Avenir and Lefebvre, near Drummondville.
Subjected to strong shaking, power lines were thrown to the ground, causing both loss of electricity and road closures. In other places, the elements were powerful enough to break branches and even cut down mature trees.
Around 14:30, Priscilla Dupuis, a resident of the O’Brien Road Lefebvre, was to give a bottle to her baby when she heard a loud noise from the front of his house. She went near the entrance to see that the giant mature tree that was there was now horizontal.
“I think the house has not been too affected, it has not made a big noise. We however had no electricity and I have not managed to get out of my house in front because the tree was obstructing “says Priscilla Dupuis.
The Red Cross was called to the scene to help the little family that will be hosted by the time you move the shaft, repair the power line and performs necessary repairs to the structure of the home, optionally.
The spokesman of the Emergency Response Service Centre-du-Quebec (SIUCQ), Martin Sansfaçon explains that weather conditions have caused many ennuits in the sector.
“We have been called to help police and firefighters at several road closures and we have attended many power outages. People Hydro-Quebec intervened on several sites in order to restore electricity. They were in for several hours, “he says.
Dozens of homes were affected by the storm. Several workers were in for a surprise after work, noting the presence of branches or entire trees in their entry. In an effort of solidarity, people of both the communities have pulled together and released saws and chain tractors to enable everyone to find their access to land quickly.
There are also reports of electrical failures elsewhere in the Eastern Townships. In Sherbrooke, electricity has also failed in some parts of the city. Breakdowns caused traffic problems.
The Police Service of Sherbrooke had to dispatch an agent at the intersection of King Street West and Jacques-Cartier to supplement inoperative traffic lights.
Firefighters have been requested on the Great Mountains street for “a presence of smoke” reported.
Environment Canada issued a warning of severe thunderstorms for all areas of the Estrie region.
It stated that the violent storm could produce gusts, hail up to the size of a nickel and heavy rain.
The rain started around 16h in the Sherbrooke area. The Estrie region was crossed by a line of storms from the Montérégie and heading to Maine.