December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Thousands of homes in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire are still without power as engineers continue to work through the night to reconnect them.
UK Power Networks said at 10.45pm that around 28,000 homes in Suffolk were still suffering problems, though the number in Norfolk had been cut to 157 and to 260 in Cambridgeshire.
However, the company has warned that it could 24 to 36 hours before every house is reconnected.
During the course of the day, more than 300,000 properties in the East lost power as electricity lines came crashing down because of the power of the winds.
UK Power Networks said it had deployed five times the normal number of staff - 750 instead of 150 - to deal with the problems and restore power to properties.
Nearly 600,000 customers were affected by the storm, and engineers have restored supplies to around 90pc of properties affected in the south east, and 80pc in the east.
The company said that other electricity distribution companies have been supporting it by lending their staff and, by tomorrow morning, about 900 engineers will be working to repair the damaged network.
A spokesman said: “Engineers will continue restoring supplies as quickly as is safely possible throughout this evening and tonight, although it could be 24-36 hours before the final pockets of supplies are restored. We are carrying out helicopter patrols to check overhead power lines.
“Anyone spotting a damaged power line is urged to report it to UK Power Networks, but to please stay well clear.”
Customer service staff and volunteers from the British Red Cross, which works in partnership with UK Power Networks, will also be on site helping people in the worst affected areas.
To report power cuts and damaged lines call the free helplines: In the South East call 0800 783 8866 and in the East of England call 0800 783 8838. You can also check www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk or follow @UKPowerNetworks on Twitter.