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More than 10,000 customers still without power in Quebec

Christmas lights and snow falling Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at the legislature in Quebec City.

Jacques Boissinot/THE CANADIAN PRESS

About 800 Hydro-Québec employees are still hard at work trying to restore electricity to customers affected by a power outage on Friday.

The lights went out for 120,000 customers when a storm dumped about 50 centimetres of snow in some areas.

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, about 10,200 customers were still without power, mainly in the Laurentians and the Outaouais region of western Quebec.

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The Lanaudiere region north of Montreal was also heavily affected, but power has been largely restored in that area.

Hydro-Québec spokeswoman Isabelle Nuckle says the weight of the snow caused several trees to sag onto power lines.

She says the work is taking longer than expected because many utility poles carrying the power lines need to be replaced.

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