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Homes remain without power after storm hit region

More than 100 homes in Aldershot remain without power after gusts brought down the network for around 94,000 people on Friday night

A tree came down at Fleet Pond near Wellington Avenue entrance

More than 100 homes around Aldershot remain without power following the storm on Friday night.

Winds of up to 80mph battered Hampshire on February 14, causing trees and branches to fall and wind-borne debris to affect power lines in the Southern Electric Power distribution area.

By 9.30am on Saturday, around 94,000 customers were without power across the region, including 22,500 in the Aldershot area.

More than 1,000 engineers, linesmen, tree-cutters and support staff worked to locate and repair damage and restore power to customers over the weekend. The conditions experienced by staff were described as challenging as gusty winds, flooding and fallen trees caused issues gaining access to areas of damage.

By 7pm on Saturday, 1,443 homes in Aldershot remained without power and Southern Electric urged residents to avoid power lines following reports of people attempting to move damaged ones.

By 4.30pm yesterday (February 16), power had been restored to all but 6,000 customers - including 220 in Aldershot - with the rest set to regain power today.

As the storm broke, 11 roads in Hart and Rushmoor were either impassable or passable with care due to standing water. These warnings remained in place on Monday February 17.

In Hart, roads deemed passable with care are: Chandlers Lane, Yateley, near the junction of Shires Way, Long Lane, Odiham, B3349 Alton Road between the Hayley Lane/Ford Lane crossroads and South Warnborough and B3349 in South Warnborough.

Ford Lane in Upton Grey is closed and impassable.

In Rushmoor, roads classed passable with care are: B3014 Fleet Road in Cove, Minley Road and Middleton Gardens in Farnborough, Church Lane East in Aldershot and on B3014 Fleet Road in Farnborough there is standing water between the junction of Trunk Rd and A3013 Cove Road.

The underpass to Summit Avenue on the B3014 Fleet Road in Farnborough remains closed due to flooding.

The Basingstoke Canal Authority has closed its canalside car parks at Reading Road South in Fleet and Crookham Wharf in Crookham Village. They will remain closed until the winds have died down and are confirmed safe by a member of staff.

Power companies are likely to distribute £300,000 compensation to Aldershot customers affected by power cuts at Christmas.

 

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