High winds wreak havoc in Brome County
The windstorm that struck the Brome County region on Sunday night caused major damage and power outages. While Hydro-quebec scrambled to regain service to over 200,000 in the province, volunteer crews were mobilizing to clear trees and branches from countless property owners who have suffered damage.
Two schools cancelled classes after the start of the day Monday, Sharon Priest, the communications consultant for the Eastern Townships School Board wrote in an email. At Knowlton Academy, the fire department advised the school to evacuate due to the fact that without electricity the fan that vents for the gas stove was not operating. The gas was switched off and parents were contacted to pick up their children.
Parkview Elementary School was without power Monday morning. Due to some areas of the school that do not have a lot of natural light, parents were informed of the outage and those who could picked up their children. Some students remained at the school with staff members present. Everyone at the school was safe and secure, Priest wrote.