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24/04/13: Engineers tackle difficult terrain to restore power

Engineers worked tirelessly in challenging conditions to restore power to residents in Whinlatter, near Keswick, after a fallen tree caused the loss of power. Engineers working hard to restore power in Whinlatter, near Keswick

The incident, which happened on Thursday (18th April) morning, affected two customers in the area, including the Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre and the Cottage in the Wood Hotel.

Nine engineers from Electricity North West, the company that owns and maintains the regional power network, quickly arrived on site and put in place a generator. However, replacing the electricity pole proved extremely difficult due to its location next to a ghyll and a 25ft steep embankment.

The quick-thinking engineers constructed a 45m zip wire pulley system which was able to carry the 400kg pole across the river and up the embankment. Their ingenuity resulted in the successful restoration of mains electricity supply to local residents on Sunday evening.

Martin Deehan, area manager for Electricity North West, said: “I am extremely proud of our engineers and the lengths they went to to restore power to our customers.

“This is a great example of how our engineers are committed to ensuring customers have a reliable supply of electricity. We understand that unexpected power cuts can happen due to circumstances out of our control, but our dedicated engineers will do everything they can to restore power safely and as quickly as possible.”

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