More than 2,000 York homes hit by power cut

3 Mar 2015 @ 10.13 pm
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Working hard to restore power: Northern Powergrid

Hundreds of people in York were hit by a power cut on Tuesday evening (March 3).

Electricity went off in 2,316 homes in the north of the city at about 8.15pm. The areas affected were covered by the postcodes YO30 1 and YO30 2.

Most were in the Rawcliffe and Skelton areas, following the A19 north to Shipton by Beningbrough.

A spokeswoman for Northern Grid told YorkMix that the power cut had been caused by a fault in the high voltage network.

She said:

We have an extensive network in the city which gives us the ability to switch supplies and get people back on as quickly as we can.

Within four minutes more than 370 homes had their power restored. Half an hour after the supply was first affected 2,000 homes were back online.

At 10pm, Northern Powergrid had only nine properties remaining in the dark, and they expected them to have power by 10.15pm.

The spokeswoman said they hadn’t investigated the cause of the fault as yet, as the priority was to get everyone’s power back on.

She apologised to those affected and said they worked as quickly as possible to fix the problem.

11pm update: Northern Powergrid said they hoped to restore power to the final properties by 5am on Wednesday.

7am update: Power has been restored to all properties.