Storm Arwen: Major incident declared as thousands without power

Major incident declared as thousands still without power in wake of Storm Arwen

12/2/2021 8:16:00 PM

Major incident declared as thousands still without power in wake of Storm Arwen

The announcement comes six days after Storm Arwen wreaked havoc across the north of England.

Image caption,Durham County Council says officials are working to provide relief to residents hit by the stormA major incident has been declared as thousands of people remain without power six days after Storm Arwen wreaked havoc across northern England.

Durham County Council, which issued the alert, said it followed "one of the worst storms in the last decade".The move means additional support from the council and emergency services will be made available to people hit by a loss of power.About 9,000 people are without electricity in the North East.

Durham County Council said areas affected since Storm Arwen struck last Friday included Teesdale and Weardale.Communities in east Durham and to the north and west of Durham have also been badly hit, it said.The authority said it had declared a major incident as Northern Powergrid (NP) was "not yet in a position to confirm when supplies will be reinstated to all properties across County Durham and it is important that all possible resources are made available to support residents affected by the power cuts". headtopics.com

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Welfare checksJohn Hewitt, chairman of the the county's Strategic Co-ordination Group, said: "We are aware that many people have been left without power for almost a week now and we are working closely with Northern Powergrid to ensure that supplies are restored as soon as possible, particularly those who are vulnerable.

"In the meantime, our priority is ensuring that support is available to everyone who needs it and we have teams from all organisations out in communities offering a range of advice and practical support."Image source,Image caption,Power and water companies have been working to fix supplies for six days

Council and emergency services staff, along with workers from Northumbrian Water and NP, have been carrying out welfare checks on residents over recent days - providing bottled water, other essentials and access to phones.'Additional challenges'

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Hot food trucks have also been travelling around communities while Durham University has provided up to eight flats as temporary accommodation for families still without electricity supplies, the council added.Remote, rural locations had caused "additional challenges", it said, with Northumbrian Water working alongside fire crews to install back-up power sources and restore water supplies. headtopics.com

The firm's teams have also been checking pumps and reservoirs across the county.Organisations involved in the relief effort are set to continue "around the clock in the worst-affected areas".NP said County Durham and Northumberland were still its worst-affected areas and engineers were making quick temporary fixes but would return to make permanent repairs.

It said that as of 15:00 GMT it had restored power to 230,300 of its customers.

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