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Thousands of people enter eighth day without power after storm Arwen

Thousands of people are still alive without electricity eight days later Storm Arwen caused massive loss of life to parts of the UK.

The latest national figures from the industry body’s Energy Networks Association (ENA) showed about 9,200 homes without power on Friday night.

Residents are currently grappling with near-freezing temperatures, with northern areas England and Scotland Expect to see lows of 1C (34F) along with hail and rain over the next 24 hours.

Affected areas are unlikely to see a temperature rise above 7C (45F).

The prolonged delay prompted the power regulator Ofgem to warn that it will take enforcement action against network companies that don’t restore power to customers quickly enough after the storm.

It has also agreed with companies to lift the £700 limit on compensation that can be awarded to customers.

The change will allow affected people to claim £70 for every 12-hour period in which they are without power, after an initial £70 for the first 48 hours.

Chief executive Jonathan Brearley told BBC Radio 4 programme: “We are extremely concerned about customers who have been without power for more than a week now.

“We want to determine the facts and make sure we understand what happened, whether the internet companies have met their obligations. If they don’t, we will take enforcement action.

“We have clear expectations about how quickly they will get people back into the system.



Our Armed Forces dedicated officers are working alongside civil authorities to provide essential support to communities impacted by Hurricane Arwen

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace

“We recognize the difficult circumstances those companies are facing. But what we expect from network companies is to not stop connecting people, but also offer support.”

He later told BBC Breakfast: “One thing we did was we told the network companies, and they agreed, they raised the limit on the compensation they would give guests. customers and they’ll make sure those customers get some compensation for everything they’ve been through. “

The Ministry of Defense said 297 staff from the British Army and Royal Marines were supporting civilian authorities and were conducting door-to-door checks of vulnerable people in their homes and providing reassurance to the local community.

Eighty soldiers of the 4 Royal Artillery Arms stationed at Alan Brook Barracks in Topcliffe were deployed to Northumberland on Saturday to check on vulnerable people and identify where additional support is needed, a statement said. .

Defense Minister Ben Wallace “Our dedicated Armed Forces personnel are standing with the civilian government to provide essential support to the communities impacted by Hurricane Arwen.

“The ability to quickly deploy to anywhere in the UK is required to help keep us all safer and ensure we can protect the most vulnerable in our society. me.”

Southern and Scottish Electricity Network (SSEN) supplier said 950 properties were without power as of 10pm on Friday.

Northern Powergrid announced that 5,100 customers, out of 240,000 customers without power, are still not connected.

Western Power Distribution still has 254 places without power while North West Power, which powers an area between the Scottish border and Stockport, said 700 apartments were without power as of 8pm on Friday. .

Meanwhile, SP Energy Networks said it restored power to all 200,000 customers who lost their connections.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/storm-arwen-ofgem-scotland-england-ben-wallace-b1969773.html Thousands of people enter eighth day without power after storm Arwen

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