Thou­sands hit by power cut

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

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.

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