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Hundreds still without electricity as power company makes reimbursement offer

Homes in north east Hampshire still in the dark about when power will be restored to their homes

George Davey
Stormy weather has also caused flooding in areas such as Hartley Wintney

Hundreds of homes are still without power in the Aldershot area, as severe weather continues.
As of Thursday December 26, 680 homes in the Aldershot area were still without electricity.
A spokesman for Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) said teams had worked from 7am yesterday to restore another 2,500 homes throughout the day, leaving just under 2,000 without electricity on Friday.

Homes in Aldershot, Winchfield, Dogmersfield and Crookham Village were among those affected by damage caused by storms in the run up to Christmas, leaving hundreds without electricity since Monday evening. It meant that many were left without heating and unable to cook on Christmas Day.

At the height of the disruption more than 50,000 homes were affected.
SEPD director of distribution Stuart Hogarth thanked customers for their 'continued patience' while teams worked in 'particularly challenging conditions' to restore electricity to their homes.
"I can reassure all customers affected that every effort is being made to restore these supplies as quickly as possible," he added.
SEPD said more than 300 operational and contracting staff are on site at affected areas, with 95 tree-cutting staff helping to remove trees from roads and overhead lines.
It had two mobile catering units touring around the Aldershot area offering free hot food, hot drinks and charging facilities, while a generator was connected to The Exchequer pub in Crondall Road, Crookham Village, to give customers free soup, sandwiches and hot drinks.

SEPD has offered to reimburse those who were still without power from Boxing Day night onwards, including reasonable hotel accommodation costs.
Anyone experiencing a power cut should contact 0800 0727282, particularly if reporting damage or they are aware of a neighbour or friend who may need extra help.
GFlood warnings are still in place in parts of the south east, while Network Rail has warned further delays are likely for 'at least another day'.

 

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