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18/02/14: North West engineers deployed to help restore power in the south

Engineers working for Electricity North West were drafted in to help restore electricity to thousands of families and businesses left without power across the country, after successfully restoring supplies in the North West. Electricity North West

Around 150 contractors were deployed to help out teams battling to restore power after further heavy rain and strong winds left tens of thousands without electricity largely in the south on Friday.

After Electricity North West successfully restored 20,000 customers in the North West, engineers were sent to help other areas of the country where overhead lines were damaged or brought down by trees.

Greg Fernie, operations director for Electricity North West, said: “We are happy to be able to help restore power in other areas following the exceptional weather.

“Our engineers worked around the clock to restore power to thousands of people affected by the storm in our region. As soon as we repaired the damage we were happy to offer our services to help restore power to other parts of the country.”

The teams were dispatched on Saturday to help other regional power networks in the south east, Wales, Scotland and Eire get people back on power as quickly as possible.

In the North West, more than 400 engineers worked around the clock to restore power to more than 20,000 customers after storms on Wednesday evening brought down tress and lines across the region.

We would like to thank customers for their patience and also their understanding of the difficult conditions our engineers faced over the past few days.

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