Thousands in Hampshire still without power three days after storm

Daily Echo: Thousands still without power three days after storm Thousands still without power three days after storm

THOUSANDS of Hampshire homes remain without power today three days after storms brought severe weather and flooding to the county.

But Southern Electric said teams reconnected 2,500 homes yesterday and were working around the clock.

There are currently 378 homes cut off in the New Forest, 564 in Basingstoke and 53 in Portsmouth.

The most affected places are in rural areas and Petersfield is worst hit with 1,286 homes blacked out as of last night.

Speaking last night director of distribution Stuart Hogarth said: "We would like to thank customers for their continued patience while our teams work in particularly challenging conditions to restore electricity to their homes.

“Despite out efforts, due to extremely challenging weather conditions and existing flooding it is likely there will be just under 2,000 homes without electricity tonight. However, I can reassure all customers affected that every effort is being made to restore these supplies as quickly as possible."

Meanwhile South West Trains has announced services will run as normal today following extensive repairs to damage caused in this week’s storms.

Engineers worked over Christmas and Boxing Day to clear more than 140 trees from lines across the network while there were nine flooding incidents.

A spokesman for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance said: "We would like to thank our maintenance teams who have been working round the clock throughout the festive period to reopen the routes affected by the heavy flooding and trees on the line.”

The only current line closure in place is between Haslemere and Petersfield where a replacement bus service is operating.

As of Friday morning, the breakdown of number of homes in  areas still waiting to be reconnected was:
Aldershot - 350
Basingstoke - 130
New Forest - 175
Newbury - 100
Petersfield - 920
Poole - 20
Portsmouth – 35
Salisbury - 70

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8:26am Fri 27 Dec 13

10 Minute Man says...

On the bright side, the DE get to churn over this story and other winter weather related excitements for yet another day.
On the bright side, the DE get to churn over this story and other winter weather related excitements for yet another day. 10 Minute Man

10:41am Fri 27 Dec 13

The Wickham Man says...

i wonder how all the people on here who think we can survive on renewable energy sources alone are enjoying these random power cuts? Because They had better get used to it if their crazy ideas succeed (or if Lib Dem energy policy is taken up). If this was a dark dull cold quiet winters day there would be no renewable power either so these cuts would be normal.
i wonder how all the people on here who think we can survive on renewable energy sources alone are enjoying these random power cuts? Because They had better get used to it if their crazy ideas succeed (or if Lib Dem energy policy is taken up). If this was a dark dull cold quiet winters day there would be no renewable power either so these cuts would be normal. The Wickham Man

3:43pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Inform Al says...

10 Minute Man wrote:
On the bright side, the DE get to churn over this story and other winter weather related excitements for yet another day.
I'm glad they do, spending Christmas and New Year in Kent I've been a little concerned about what is happening back home. DE has allayed my fears.
[quote][p][bold]10 Minute Man[/bold] wrote: On the bright side, the DE get to churn over this story and other winter weather related excitements for yet another day.[/p][/quote]I'm glad they do, spending Christmas and New Year in Kent I've been a little concerned about what is happening back home. DE has allayed my fears. Inform Al

5:18pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Lazy says...

Ohwell looks like the skates will have to watch television by candle light :p
Ohwell looks like the skates will have to watch television by candle light :p Lazy

5:39pm Fri 27 Dec 13

eurogordi says...

Apparently there are reports of people being rude and abusive to electricity workers because homes have not yet been re-connected. Makes me wonder how we ever survived in the days before electricity! Or even during the blackouts of WW2. We really have become a selfish nation when it comes to demanding what we want without thinking about those people who are trying to do their best in this awful weather.
Apparently there are reports of people being rude and abusive to electricity workers because homes have not yet been re-connected. Makes me wonder how we ever survived in the days before electricity! Or even during the blackouts of WW2. We really have become a selfish nation when it comes to demanding what we want without thinking about those people who are trying to do their best in this awful weather. eurogordi

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