Hundreds of people face second weekend without power

Hundreds of people face second weekend without power

12/4/2021 4:27:00 PM

Hundreds of people face second weekend without power

SSEN hopes the last remaining homes without electricity will be reconnected on Saturday.

Mark Rough, SSEN director of operations, said: "Currently we are estimating that on Saturday morning we will have around 500 customers without power, and we will reconnect them throughout the day."Once again I'd like thank our customers for their continued patience and apologise for the inconvenience that has been caused by loss of their power."

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Image caption,The military has been called into help with welfare visits in the affected areasLouise Yule, of the Halfpenny farm animal sanctuary near Inverurie, Aberdeenshire toldBBC Good Morning Scotland, they were still without electricity eight days on from the storm.

The sanctuary - home to a range of animals including reptiles, hamsters and guinea pigs - has been donated generators to allow them to pump water from its well and provide some heat.She said: "It's been very stressful."To begin with it was only the vulnerable small animals we've been able to keep warm but you are running around making sure the generators keep running and the animals have plenty water and food."

The sanctuary is spending up to £100 a day keeping the generators running.Scale of the challengeJim Savege, chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council, said it still had hundreds of volunteers out checking on people.He said: "I know a lot of people who have animals have had a really tough time.

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"We declared a major incident at 10:32 on Saturday morning and have been working flat-out since then - the main issue is the scale of the challenge facing SSEN."We're going to be moving into the recovery phase this weekend, getting people back on their feet and taking stock."

The power firms' response to the damage caused by Storm Arwen is to be reviewed by energy regulator Ofgem.The watchdog's review will focus on the resilience of the system and the network companies' emergency response.The power firms will be paying compensation to those affected by the prolonged power cuts.

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