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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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1,400 Cumbrian homes hit by power cuts

More than 1,400 homes in the Workington area were left without power for several hours after storms toppled power lines.

The areas affected from early yesterday morning were Stainburn and the communities of Bridgefoot, Little Clifton, and Great Clifton, said officials from Electricity North West.

A spokesman for the company said the power loss first hit at about 1am.

All but 200 had their power restored within a few hours, with the remainder having electricity again by the middle of yesterday afternoon.

“We apologise for any inconvenience to our customers,” said a spokesman for the firm.

“We had a couple lines come down in the Stainburn area at around 1am, and the loss of power affected 1,405 homes. Some customers had power restored almost immediately.

“We usually manage to restore power to most of our customers in one or two hours. Unfortunately around 200 homes couldn’t have their power restored for a longer period because we had to send engineers out.”

Tracey Blair, 41, from Little Clifton, spent several hours without electricity.

She said: “It went off at around 1am, and it still wasn’t back on when I left for work after 9am. My 16-year-old daughter wasn’t impressed.”

The spokesman encouraged anybody who experiences a problem with their power supply to call the firm’s 24-hour fault line on 0800 195 4141.

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