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We’re still in the dark days after storm hit
10:45am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
RESIDENTS face being left in the dark for up to four days in the aftermath of the St Jude storm.
Great Horkesley, Abberton, Langham, Boxted, Earls Colne, Chappel and Great Totham are among the villages to suffer power cuts since Monday.
Gusts of up to 79mph in Essex sent trees crashing into power lines and sub stations.
Some residents have been told it could be another 48 hours until the lights come back on.
Charles Debenham, 80, of Old House Road, Great Horkesley, has a hole in his roof and has been without power since Monday.
He said: “We are finding everything extremely difficult.
“We just don’t know what’s going on. It could be another 48 hours before we have power.
“Fortunately we have a camping gas hob with one ring on it and lots of candles.”
Ian Davis, of Great Horkesley, has no hot water, electricity or phone line.
He said: “We are fortunate we have a caravan with a gas hob so I could make a cup of tea this morning, but it’s a real pain. UK Power Networks said a local sub station has had a failure, yet surely it could reroute some power? We are looking at 72 hours without power. I appreciate there are those with a higher priority, but that is a long time.”
Power came back on in Great Horkesley at 4pm yesterday.
Lyn Peacock, 60, of Earls Colne, said: “We were off and on yesterday. I think they transferred too many of us over to the Marks Tey power station and it blew.
“My main concern is my mother is nearly 90 and she’s just come out of hospital.”
Tracey Tucker, of Chappel, has only had electricity for a couple of hours since 7am on Monday. She said: “We are cold, can’t wash, have no telephone, limited phone signal, no internet and a fridge freezer full of wasted food. I am fed up.”
Wendy Westwood, of Spring Lane, Great Totham, and husband Phil used a generator to provide some power. Wendy, an office manager, tried calling UK Power Networks but said an automated message told callers it could give no information about power cuts She said: “When you ring them, they say you will be in a queue for at least one hour, but they still can’t tell us anything.
“They just turned round and said the sub station was down and they’re trying to get power on in the next couple of days.”
Parts of Harwich, Dovercourt, Ramsey, Frating, Thorrington and Little and Great Oakley were also left without power. Two roads in Bradfield were closed after trees brought down power cables.
UK Power Networks Tweeted yesterday at 8am: “We’re aware of at least 9 separate low and high voltage faults in the CO5 area. Engineers are working as fast as is safely possible to fix.”
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