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Power cut affects 2,000 in Midway

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

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AROUND 2,000 homes were left without electricity today due to an underground cable fault, it has been revealed.

Western Power Distribution, the electricity distribution network operator, was informed of the fault at 10.35am today when ‘just under’ 2,000 homes were left without any electricity for up to an hour, mainly affecting Midway, but also reaching further to affect parts of Woodville and Hartshorne.

The distribution company managed to fix the fault in stages.

Readers took to the Mail’s Facebook page to say how they had been affected by the cuts with many seeing the funny side, despite the lack of power.

Jo Staley said: “My son threw a wobbly because Toy Story went off the television so I abandoned ship and went to Bluebelle Bakery, in Woodville for a cuppa and a Madeleine.”

Meanwhile Kaleigh Winder said: “I had a baby that needed feeding. I couldn’t warm the milk up.”

However, the power cut seemed to have affected other residents further afield with nearby Woodville and Hartshorne experiencing a loss of power for just a few seconds.

Steve Power posted: “Power glitched in Woodville for less than a second.”

Richard David Peace added: “One second of lost power in Hartshorne. Now I have to set my digital alarm clock again.”

A spokesman for Western Power Distribution said: “Just under 2,000 customers were affected.

“It was reported at 10.35am and power was restored in stages up until 11.35am.

“The cut was due to an underground cable fault.”

The last time a power cut was reported in South Derbyshire was in November after almost 900 homes were left without power for more than an hour.

Western Power Distribution reported that a total of 886 homes were without power for an hour in Overseal from 9.55am, while the electricity company worked to reroute the supplies until a faulty underground cable was repaired.

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