ELECTRICITY cables were accidentally severed during the construction of a new supermarket – leaving hundreds of homes and businesses without power.
Southern Electric was left scrambling together engineers after the blunder at the construction site of the new Sainsbury’s supermarket in Waterlooville.
The power cut started at about 11.45am today and the energy firm managed to re-route most properties to a different part of the network.
By 2pm, more than 400 customers had been re-connected and by 3pm, all but four were back on the network.
Four businesses along Milton Road are still affected and mobile generators have been brought in while the cable is repaired.
A spokesman for Southern Electric said: ‘Obviously it was a case of a contractor digging a hole without being aware of the cable’s presence.
‘Our engineers were able to get all bar four customers restored at 2.50pm.
‘Our engineers will be completing permanent repairs within the next few days. We would like to apologise for the disruption and thank our customers for their patience.’