Hydro-Québec is blaming an equipment failure for widespread power outages in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce today.

At the peak this morning, power was out for more than 7,600 Hydro-Québec customers in the neighbourhood. People living and working in Côte-St-Luc also had their power go out.

As of 11:30 a.m., more than 700 customers remained without electricity.

The utility says power problems began at 4:47 a.m. in NDG followed by a second outage at 6:14 a.m.

"It's an equipment failure, and we have a team on the problem." said Hydro-Québec spokeswoman Johanne Savard.

Thousands of NDG customers regained power at around 10:30 a.m., about another 1,500 customers lost electricity at around that time, mostly in Côte-St-Luc.

English Montreal School Board spokesman Michael Cohen says the board's schools opened as usual.

Hydro-Québec says the problem should be resolved by 1:30 p.m.

For the latest on the outages, see Hydro-Québec's service interruptions map.