People living in the Magdalen Islands are breathing a sigh of relief after Hydro-Québec crews work to restore electricity to 1,700 clients after two days in the dark.

An ice storm caused hundreds of people there to lose power Sunday night, and the heavy winds that followed the next day ended up bringing down power lines and damaging utility poles.

The high winds prevented Hydro-Québec from sending in crews by plane. The ferry was also cancelled due to the weather.

On Tuesday, however, Hydro-Québec was finally able to deploy 12 linemen to assist local workers in restoring power. As of Wednesday morning, the number of people without electricity had dropped drastically.

Additional crews arriving by ferry left Prince Edward Island at midnight. 

The municipality’s assistant executive director Jeannot Gagnon said that the two shelters set up to help people were hardly being used. Rather, people had been welcomed in by their neighbours, she said.

Gagnon said that people who depend on their own wells for water were being visited to ensure they had enough to drink.