Residents of ROSS-SHIRE are now all back on power after last weekend’s storms, according to the distribution company which has been battling to restore power all week.
Crews from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) continued to work through the night and into this morning, reconnecting the last homes affected by the extreme weather from storms Malik and Corrie.
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Wind gusts in excess of 90mph were recorded in Aberdeenshire as Storms Malik and Corrie passed through the region over the weekend.
At 12.30pm today, SSEN has restored power to over 120,000 homes in the North of Scotland, including all reported faults following Storm Malik, with around 50 properties unpowered across the low voltage network in Aberdeenshire, linked to storm Corrie. .
SSEN teams remain mobilized to reconnect these end customers as soon as possible and in complete safety. Engineers and overhead line crews will continue to respond to all known faults and restore power to all remaining homes today.
SSEN customer support teams are in contact with all customers known to be without power to offer further assistance if needed.
A number of additional localized low voltage faults have been identified through the restoration process over the past 24 hours and crews have been conducting line patrols to ensure visibility of all power outages and network damage at local.
Customers who remain without power and have neither reported their outage nor been in contact with SSEN and should contact the 105 Power Outage Hotline.
SSEN continues to improve wellness resources and benefits in the region, working closely with local resilience partnerships to help coordinate community response and provide support to affected clients.
More than 500 other operational team members, drawn from other SSEN areas and partners across the UK and Ireland, are assisting in the restoration efforts.
Customers who are unable to access wellness facilities and who are not supplied can claim back the cost of meals up to £15 per person. Customers are requested to keep copies of receipts for any claims.
SSEN continues to urge customers to stay away from any damage to their equipment and report it to SSEN by calling 105 or through their Power Track app and engineers will investigate as soon as possible.
Richard Gough, Director of Distribution System Operations at SSEN, said, “I would like to thank customers for their continued patience and reassure them that every effort is being made to restore their power as quickly and safely as possible. as possible. We continue to work closely with local resilience partnerships in Aberdeenshire to support the wellbeing effort of customers who remain unsupplied.
“The conditions have been extremely difficult for our teams, but we continue to work throughout the day to safely connect the last homes. distribution networks in the UK and Ireland who continue to work hard under difficult conditions to restore power safely to communities in the north of Scotland.
See this week’s Ross-shire Journal for a page of photos from the storm’s aftermath