Flood update: Thousands of homes in Essex and Suffolk without electricity as a result of the storm

Flooding in Felixstowe as storm surge hits - by Dan Mcglynn Flooding in Felixstowe as storm surge hits - by Dan Mcglynn

Friday, December 6, 2013
12:35 AM

Thousands of homes are without electricity this evening as a result of the storm.

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UK Power Networks reported that 1,000 homes in Suffolk, 1,200 in Essex and 1,500 properties in Norfolk have been cut off.

A spokesman said the level of power cuts is not as severe as it had been after the St Judes’ Day storm and that engineers were working hard to restore power “as quickly and as safely as possible”.

She added that staff at the organisation are continuing to keep in regular contact with the Met Office and the Environment Agency to monitor weather conditions, and the predicted flooding for the East coast from Norfolk to Kent.

“As part of this work, we have installed flood prevention measures at key substations in at-risk coastal areas,” she said.

“If there’s a possibility that flood water will affect our equipment our first priority must always be safety. We may have to turn off peoples’ electricity supplies but only as a last resort for safety reasons and of course, we would switch the mains supply on again as soon as possible. “

Your home may be part of an affected area even if not directly flooded. We have robust emergency plans in place to cope with severe weather and have arranged additional staff covering engineer, technical and call centre roles.”