Thousands hit by power cut
MORE than 1,000 homes in the city were left without electricity after a power cut.
Television sets cut out, boiling kettles clicked off and burglar alarms went off across Werrington at 6.42pm on Tuesday night as the power supply failed.
Around 1,000 homes had their electricity turned back on within a couple of hours but more than 90 residents were forced to have an early night before an emergency generator was installed at around midnight.
EDF Energy revealed the power cut was due to a fault in an underground high voltage cable.
Graphic designer Gareth Ford (22) arrived at his home in Gildale, Werrington, at 6.30pm to find the power off, leaving him unable to get online to upload some freelance work for a client.
He said: “Both my iPhone and laptop batteries died so I couldn’t even edit any of my work to keep me occupied and with the home phone down my parents were left unable to contact my grandparents.
“Luckily we have gas, so we were able to cook, but as it got darker it became slightly annoying, as we couldn’t even just read. I went to bed at 9pm – until a big lorry reversed down our road.
“It turned out we and Lakeside were the only ones still without power and we were having a generator but when I left for work at 6am on Wednesday the diesel-powered generator could be heard from my house, roughly 150 yards away, which is irritating especially now the weather is nice and people want to have their windows open.”
Richard Knibbs, of Welbourne, Werrington said he had been left without power for two hours. He added: “It wouldn’t have been too bad but we have a four-month-old daughter and we couldn’t heat the bottle for the baby.”
A spokeswoman for EDF Energy apologised and confirmed engineers had restored power to 1,139 customers within one hour.
She added: “We arranged for a generator to be installed at one of our substations in the area to provide temporary power for the remaining 92 customers by 11.30pm and their supplies will be returned through the normal electricity network once the fault has been repaired.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
works: EDF Energy installed a temporary generator on the path between Gildale and Lakeside in Werrington.
black-out: Gildale, Werrington in darkness while engineers work to install a temporary power generator.