More than 100 homes without power

MORE than 100 homes in Suffolk were still without power today following the gale force winds that battered the country.Homes in Ipswich, Shotley Gate and Felixstowe were among those that lost their power supply yesterday, among a total of 10,000 in the East of England.

MORE than 100 homes in Suffolk were still without power today following the gale force winds that battered the country.

Homes in Ipswich, Shotley Gate and Felixstowe were among those that lost their power supply yesterday, among a total of 10,000 in the East of England.

EDF Energy has apologised to those customers who have still not had their supply reconnected and say they will be working throughout today to restore this.

Problems were caused when an overhead line came down in an alleyway off Felixstowe Road at just after 8am yesterday and 364 EDF Energy customers in Shotley Gate were also affected.

An overhead line also came down at Beach Station Road, Felixstowe at around 4pm, which left about 100 customers without power.

The supply was restored to all but one customer by 6.10pm yesterday.

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A spokesman said: “EDF Energy Networks staff continued to make good progress through the night to bring down the number of faults.

“There are now around 120 customers off supply in Suffolk because of high voltage faults on the network.

“We have teams out across the county again from early this morning to restore supplies as quickly and as safely as possible.

“We will be focusing on the many individual properties that were affected, particularly in more rural areas.

“We have been closely monitoring the forecasts and activated the early stages of our emergency plan on Friday. High winds have caused localised faults on the electricity network across the East of England.

“We have brought in extra staff to help restore supplies as quickly and safely as possible and most customers now have their supplies back on.

“Our call centre staff have spoken with more than 5000 customers since yesterday morning and we will continue to try and keep customers updated.

“We do apologise for the inconvenience caused to customers.”

At around 5pm yesterday about 1,250 homes in Suffolk were without power.

A damaged overhead line was the cause of an electrical fire at a workshop in High Road, Swilland.

A fire crew from Princes Street and Colchester Road attended the incident at 2.45pm yesterdayand isolated the power, which had caused the roof and the walls in the single storey building to become live.

A spokeswoman for EDF Energy said the incident affected the power supply to one property, and that customer has their own generator. Repair work at the site will be carried out shortly.

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