Power cut hits 2,800 homes around TwyfordBy Jon Nurse
October 09, 2012
Thousands of homes around Twyford lost power for nearly three hours yesterday.
A fault in the overhead network cut power to 2,800 properties in Twyford, Hurst and Whistley Green just after 5.30pm.
Crews from Wokingham and Wokingham Road fire stations were sent to an electrical sub-station in Poundfield Way, Twyford, at 5.40pm where they found a conductor sparking off the overhead line.
The jumper had disconnected and was letting off an electrical flashing high above ground level. The firefighters took no action and requested Southern Electric engineers.
A Southern Electric spokeswoman said: "We apologise for the interruption to supplies yesterday evening.
"Some houses were completely off while others experienced low voltage. Engineers identified a broken jumper, a short length of conductor on the overhead network.
"Engineers were able to reboot the supply to all properties by 8.25pm through power from another section of the network.
"Southern Electric power distribution engineers are carrying out work on the jumper today and people shouldn't notice a difference to their supplies."
In an unrelated incident, a crew from Caversham Road fire station was sent to Station Road at 5.50pm following several calls reporting a smoking manhole cover.
The smoke was caused by a blown fuse and was sorted that evening by engineers.