900 homes in Northern Ireland still without power

Heavy snow and strong wind have left around 900 households in Northern Ireland still facing a fourth day without power. Emergency crews and engineers at Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) are […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Heavy snow and strong wind have left around 900 households in Northern Ireland still facing a fourth day without power.

Emergency crews and engineers at Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) are believed to have worked into the night to carry out repairs to the electricity network, especially in rural and exposed areas where access has been hampered by difficult ground conditions.

More than 140,000 households were affected by the severe weather, which swept across Northern and Eastern counties last Thursday.

Julia Carson, NIE Communications Manager said, “NIE emergency crews, supported by over 140 lines staff from the Republic of Ireland and Scotland will be carrying out repairs to over 100 remaining faults on the electricity network. These are in areas where access has been very difficult with snowdrifts and abandoned cars hampering the restoration process.

“We have been using a helicopter to patrol remote areas and have commissioned an additional helicopter to deliver NIE emergency crews, engineers and equipment into these areas today by air. Our Incident Management Centre and Local Incident Centres in affected areas are open and will remain operational until all customers are back on supply.”