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Sunday 25 February 2018

13,000 homes still without power in Northern Ireland

AROUND 13,000 electricity customers are still cut off in Northern Ireland because of bad weather, the network company said.

Emergency repair crews worked into the night to restore power to thousands of homes.

 

Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) said the weather was improving but snow was still blocking roads.

 

Northern Ireland Water said about 500 homes still had problems with their water supply in south Antrim and west Belfast.

 

Julia Carson, NIE communications manager, said: "The weather does seem to be improving, wind speeds have dropped, but due to the extent of the damage across northern and eastern counties it may be a few days before customers are back on supply.

 

"Some roads are still impassable, access has also been restricted because of drifting snow, and abandoned vehicles, they're also causing access problems for us."

 

The situation has improved for many since yesterday morning, when 35,000 electricity customers were cut off and up to 1,000 homes were without water.

 

The number of homes without power in Northern Ireland was later revised to around 12,500.

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