Sluggish reaction to power cuts puts lives in jeopardy
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