And so this is Christ­mas and power you have NONE

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - ADAM LANGENBERG

NORTH Haven res­i­dents got the shock of their lives when they were told their power would be turned off on Christ­mas Day.

But SA Power Net­works says the widely cir­cu­lated no­tice was a “data en­try is­sue” and res­i­dents will be able to cook their tur­keys with­out a hitch.

Res­i­dent Hugh Brow­ell, who lives on Co­ral Way, said he was “ab­so­lutely hor­ri­fied” when he got a yel­low slip telling him his power would be cut be­tween 8am and 3pm on De­cem­ber 25.

The no­tice said the out­age was nec­es­sary to “main­tain/ up­grade the lo­cal elec­tric­ity net­work”.

“Ev­ery­body got the let­ter and were very wor­ried about it,” Mr Brow­ell said.

“We’ve got 20 peo­ple com­ing from in­ter­state and over­seas for Christ­mas.

“We were wor­ried we were go­ing to have to serve them cold sand­wiches.

“But it’s all fixed now, al­though I’ve still got no idea how it hap­pened.”

SA Power Net­works spokesman Paul Roberts said the er­ror was caused by “in­cor­rect data en­try” and the com­pany was con­tact­ing lo­cal res­i­dents to cor­rect the record.

“We’re not the Christ­mas grinch. One of our elves made a mis­take,” he said.

Mr Roberts apol­o­gised for any in­con­ve­nience caused by the botched no­tice, which he said was con­fined to North Haven res­i­dents.

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