A nod to Hydro workers

Submitted by Ben McAuley
A nod to Hydro workers
A Hydro worker climbs a pole in Lac Brome, damaged in the storm that hit Quebec in the early hours of November 1. (Photo : Ben McAuley)

Friday morning at 11:02, the top of the pole across from our house snapped in the wind causing the wires to short in two loud explosions. The pole then set on fire and burned for four hours because it could not be put out safely, even with foam. For two and a half days we experienced what many other Lac-Bromers and Quebecers have been experiencing – no power.
Fast forward to Sunday afternoon when six power crews from Quebec, ­Ontario and even the U.S. turned up with poles, ladders, diggers, cherry pickers etc to fix the problem.
I watched them do their work for three hours. They told me that 25 crews from the U.S. were in Lac-Brome on Sunday helping to fix the many outages. They had been working 18-hour shifts.
An appreciative neighbour bought them Timbits and coffee. They were so grateful to be acknowledged both by the neighbour and me taking pictures.
We should all be so grateful for the work that all workers did the past few days. This is just one story of the many workers helping to restore power across Quebec.

Published in the Nov. 5 edition of the Brome County News.

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Very glad to hear some positive comments on a very difficult time for many.