Pen­sion­ers left in the cold af­ter power goes out for 24 hours

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A COU­PLE in their 70s shiv­ered for 24 hours when their elec­tric­ity was cut off.

Their home was among 33 in Ash­ford’s Mag­a­zine Road area cut off af­ter a ca­ble fault.

William and Avril Lish­man had to put on ex­tra lay­ers of cloth­ing and hud­dle around a gas fire as tem­per­a­tures plum­meted to as low as 1C.

Mr Lisham, 72, said: “The loss of power meant the pump for our cen­tral heat­ing couldn’t work.

“We have an elec­tric cooker so we had to drive to the near­est fish and chip shop for our din­ner.

“We were vir­tu­ally in the dark with only torches and can­dles.”

Mr Lisham and his wife, aged 70, lost power just be­fore 9.30pm on Wed­nes­day last week, and it was re­stored af­ter 9.30pm next day.

Tem­per­a­tures turned bit­terly cold dur­ing that time.

EDF En­ergy said a fault on an un­der­ground ca­ble in­ter­rupted sup­plies to the Mag­a­zine Road area.

For safety, en­gi­neers had to iso­late sup­plies of 33 cus­tomers for re­pairs.

They worked through the next day, restor­ing power to 14 cus­tomers by 2.10pm and the rest by 9.35pm.

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