Cumbria

Severe weather power cuts continue in Cumbria

  • 7 December 2013
  • From the section Cumbria
Waves at Allonby, Cumbria
Waves swept along the Cumbrian coast on Thursday

More than 100 properties remain without electricity in Cumbria, two days after severe weather damaged power lines.

Electricity North West said engineers would continue to work throughout the weekend to reconnect all affected.

Thursday's storm was widely felt along the county's west coast, with high waves, flooding and fallen trees.

South Lakes MP Tim Farron paid tribute to emergency services and transport staff for their "commitment, speed and professionalism".

Jane Fleetwood, from Electricity North West, said that most of the problems were caused by snapped poles.

"We're using all the resources we've got to replace them and get people back on line.

"We realise it's upsetting and frustrating for some people, but we are working as hard as we can.

"Extra staff have been brought in from around the area and additional contractors."

High tides also caused problems in coastal areas, with the wall at Whitehaven Harbour damaged.

A number of roads were closed because of fallen trees, flooding and fears of debris from buildings.

There was also disruption on the M6 when high winds caused a lorry and van to overturn in separate incidents.

South Lakes MP Tim Farron paid tribute to emergency services and transport staff.

He said: "They did amazing work yesterday and I want to thank them for all they did."

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