Snow causes chaos to power supplies in the area

PUBLISHED: 10:54 18 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:25 02 June 2010

HEAVY snowfall over night and during this morning has caused power supply problems in some areas, particularly in the East of England. The worst affected areas are King s Lynn, Cambridge, Clacton, Ipswich, Norwich, Peterborough, Chelmsford and Harlow. EDF

HEAVY snowfall over night and during this morning has caused power supply problems in some areas, particularly in the East of England.

Hundreds of homes across the region are without power after last night's gales brought down overhead cables.

The worst affected areas are King's Lynn, Cambridge, Clacton, Ipswich, Norwich, Peterborough, Chelmsford and Harlow.

EDF Energy Networks has additional staff working to resolve these faults but as travel conditions are so poor it is extremely difficult for their engineers to patrol our overhead lines and reach faults in many areas.

As a result, repairs will take longer than normal to complete.

Travel is also very difficult in the South East. However, far fewer customers have been affected by power problems in this area.

A spokeswoman said today: "We would like to remind customers to stay well away from any power lines that have been brought down.

"We have additional call takers working from a number of centres but at this stage they are not able to indicate when power supplies will be restored and are concentrating on taking urgent safety calls.

"We appreciate how difficult it can be to lose power, especially in cold weather, and would like to apologise for the inconvenience this is causing.


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