Slug­gish re­ac­tion to power cuts puts lives in jeop­ardy

Daily Express - - LETTERS BEACHCOMBE­R -

ON Tues­day evening, my 89-year-old mother’s elec­tric­ity sup­ply failed (along with many oth­ers, I un­der­stand) (“Wel­come to Arc­tic Brrrri­tain”, Oc­to­ber 29).

She lives alone, has gas cen­tral heat­ing (which of course does not work without elec­tric­ity man­ning the pump) and the rest of her small house is all elec­tric. Twelve hours later, the elec­tric­ity sup­ply was still not work­ing. She phoned me in some dis­tress, wor­ry­ing about get­ting cold and hav­ing noth­ing warm to eat or drink.

I tele­phoned that evening and the power had been re­stored at 2.30pm. She had been without power for 18-and-a-half hours. When one of my mother’s neigh­bours tele­phoned the ap­pro­pri­ate elec­tric­ity sup­plier on Tues­day evening she was told that it could be three days be­fore the power was re­stored. The en­gi­neers claimed they were not able to work through the night on restor­ing the sup­ply ‘be­cause of ad­verse weather’.

What are they, mice or men? Is the elec­tric­ity sup­ply go­ing to fail ev­ery time there is a snow­fall this win­ter? I fear for the older pop­u­la­tion in Great Bri­tain.

Clair Al­lan, Ali­cante, Spain

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