Montreal

Quebec power almost restored after Irene

Hydro-Québec says it expects electricity that was cut off due to the remnants of tropical storm Irene to be fully restored throughout the province on Wednesday.
Irene toppled several large trees in southern Quebec. (CBC)

Hydro-Québec says it expects electricity that was cut off due to the remnants of tropical storm Irene to be fully restored throughout the province on Wednesday. 

At the height of the storm on Sunday evening, about 248,500 customers in the province had lost power, but Hydro-Québec said that number had dropped to about 8,000 customers by Tuesday evening.

The utility says it expected most remaining blackouts to be repaired by Tuesday evening with more complex cases to be restored gradually Wednesday.

In New Brunswick, almost 1,200 homes and businesses left in the dark by the destructive storm were still waiting for their power to be restored.

Police, meanwhile, will continue their search for a 68-year-old man missing since his car was swept into a river northeast of Montreal.

The man was driving one of two vehicles that fell into the Yamaska River when a section of road collapsed.

The second driver and a passenger were able to make it safely to shore.