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05/01/12: Engineers continue to restore power after severe weather

Electricity North West engineers have restored power to more than 10,000 customers since Tuesday, as the severe weather caused more than 150 separate faults in the region.

Faults have included debris flying into lines and trees falling onto the overhead network resulting in broken poles and snapped lines. Some underground services have also been affected by localised flooding.

Electricity North West tree cutters, engineers and lineworkers have been working round the clock in difficult conditions to reconnect customers as quickly as possible.

Mark Williamson, engineering services manager for Electricity North West said: “Sustained high winds can cause problems for the overhead electricity network, and with a high number of faults involving trees on lines and broken poles, they need a lot of work to repair.

“We’ve seen some very bad weather hit the whole of the region, from Cumbria to Cheshire, but we are working hard to continue restoring supplies and getting the right equipment and teams to the right places quickly to fix faults as soon as we can.”

On Thursday afternoon more than 1000 customers remained without power, mainly in the north of the region, with more than 100 staff working in Cumbria alone to restore supplies.

For advice on what to do in a power cut, go to or call Electricity North West’s emergency line on 0800 195 4141.

Electricity North West also offers a priority service for vulnerable customers during power cuts. Please contact Electricity North West for more details.

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