12/24/2013 10:22 EST | Updated 02/23/2014 05:59 EST

Power Still Out In Many Parts Of Eastern Townships

More than 24,000 Quebec households and businesses are into their fourth day without power, almost all in the Eastern Townships and Montérégie regions of the province.

Hydro-Québec says customers in the areas hardest hit by an ice storm that swept through parts Ontario and Quebec Saturday might only see power restored late in the evening of December 25.

Hydro-Québec reported 24,780 customers without power as of 1 p.m. Tuesday, four days after ice downed trees and power lines across southeastern Quebec.

The vast majority, more than 18,000 customers, are in the Estrie region that encompasses much of the Eastern Townships.

The area around Mémphrémagog is the hardest hit in that area, with more than 10,000 customers still without power, including more than 2,000 in Magog, more than 1,200 in Orford, and just over 1,000 in Austin.

Other regions affected by power outages include Val Saint-François, le Haut Saint-François, Coaticook and parts of Sherbrooke.

In Montérégie, more than 5,000 homes and businesses in Brome-Missisquoi and more than 600 in Haute-Yamaska don’t have power.

Hydro-Québec says it has 500 workers on the ground working around the clock to restore power to affected customers.

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