Power cut throws Hucknall into chaos

HIGH winds caused a tree to fall on power lines, cutting off 16,000 homes and properties
HIGH winds caused a tree to fall on power lines, cutting off 16,000 homes and properties

CHAOS was caused as thousands of homes and businesses across Hucknall and other parts of the Dispatch district were hit by a massive power-cut on Friday (February 4).

Shops had to close, schools had to send pupils home and households were left without electricity when the failure hit just after 12.20 pm.

Some businesses were able to continue running, including the Tesco superstore off Ashgate Road, Hucknall, which has back-up generators.

But others had to evacuate customers, including the Iceland and Aldi stores off Portland Road in the town.

In total, more than 16,000 homes and premises were hit by the loss of electricity.

Power-supply company Central Networks was able to get half of these re-connected with 20 minutes.

However, others had to wait much longer with the likes of the Dispatch Office on Yorke Street not up and running fully again until 2.15 pm. All electricity was restored by 2.25 pm.

The fault was caused by a tree being brought down on to power lines out towards Annesley by high winds.