08:00 Saturday 30 November 2013

Cable fault left 800 in darkness

Written byHELEN KREFT

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MORE than 800 homes were plunged into darkness thanks to a faulty cable.

Residents of Overseal took to Facebook to register their concerns after waking up to no electricity yesterday.

Some residents claimed they heard an explosion in the village before power went down, blaming the sub station in nearby Spring Cottage for the noise.

Many believed their personal electricity meters could be faulty but a spokesman for Western Power Distribution confirmed a cable had broken down.

It is also believed that areas of Netherseal, Lullington and Swadlincote were also affected.

The electricity company said it was bringing generators to provide power and that 886 homes that were affected had lost power for an hour.

A further 29 were without electricity for a further three hours.

The spokesman said: “We were called at about 9.55am yesterday, after being told there had been an electrical fault.

“The majority of the properties had their power back within an hour, and just 29 homes are still affected as of noon the same day.

“A generator was put in place.

“It was a fault on an underground cable and our experts are now investigating how the fault happened.

“We are routing the supplies and then will investigate further and then work on repairing the cable.

“A total of 886 homes were affected and will are rerouting by using another circuit from a substation.”

Asked if there could have been an explosion caused by the cable, the spokesman added: “There could well have been a bang as the cable failed, but we are not aware of anything on a scale of an explosion.”

All homes were back on full power by noon the same day as the cable was repaired.

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