Famlies in Woodley left powerless after Christmas Day powercutBy Natasha Adkins
January 02, 2013
Families were forced to cook their turkeys elsewhere after a power cut left around 150 homes in the dark on Christmas Day.
Some neighbours in Woodley were without heating, lighting and the means to cook their Christmas dinner after the power went down at 3.50pm because of an ongoing issue caused by the wet weather.
It was the fifth day homes in the area were affected after intermittent power cuts which began on Thursday, December 20.
A woman from Shackleton Way, who asked not to be named, said: “We only have electricity supplied to our flat, so it meant no hot water, heating or cooking.
“The worst power cut was on Christmas Day, which lasted until the early hours of Boxing Day.
“My partner was working Christmas Day, so our dinner was still cooking when the power went out.”
The 31-year-old added: “It was incredibly frustrating, as I’d spoken to the electricity company on Christmas Eve and they stated they were replacing the cable that evening and this would prevent further power cuts.
“We are very lucky to have family close by, which meant we could transport our food to be cooked elsewhere.”
Not all families had to decamp for Christmas dinner, as Stephen Bond’s Christmas feast was cooked before the power cut. But he was so concerned that on Christmas Eve he cleaned his BBQ in preparation for emergency cooking of the turkey.
Mr Bond, 29, of Armstrong Way, spent Christmas with his seven months pregnant wife and six guests.
He said: “Had the power been off the whole time I could make other arrangements – the fact it has been intermittent just throws everything into chaos.
“Southern Electric were informed about this last week and have done nothing.
“The engineers and staff admitted on more than one occasion it’s water getting into the power lines, but rather than fix the problem they replace the fuse and switch the power back on.
“Now on Christmas Day there are several engineers digging up the power lines.
“I can’t entertain my guests, the food in the freezer is defrosting and I’m thankful that today’s power issues came after the turkey was cooked.”
A Southern Electric Power Distribution spokesman said: “An underground cable fault had caused a number of customers in the Woodley area to experience instances of power loss from December 21 to December 25.
“The fault had blown fuses at our Miles Way substation and until we were able to find the exact location of the cable fault and make permanent repairs, fuses were replaced to restore electricity supply to customers as quickly as possible.
“Due to the weather conditions, we were unable to locate the fault until Christmas Day, when we carried out repairs.
“Around 150 customers were affected at 3.50pm on December 25. Supplies were restored to 50 customers at 4.55pm with the remaining restored at 1am on December 26.
“We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank customers for their patience while we carried out the repairs.”