Power cut affects thousands of homes

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A POWER cut has affected around 4,800 homes in Waterlooville, Horndean and Denmead.

Electricity went off at about 11.05pm.

There was initial panic in Hambledon, where electric pumps are keeping the floodwater at bay, but luckily, the power cut there only lasted five minutes.

Hambledon resident Mik Norman said: ‘It was quite scary knowing that flooding can happen in minutes.

‘We were lucky it only lasted five minutes.’

A spokeswoman from Southern Electric said: ‘We first received notification of the fault just after 11pm.

‘It was a fault on our high-voltage network.

‘Initially it was around 4,800 customers, but we were able to remotely restore power from our control room and switch the network back on.

‘A certain part of the network has tripped off we are now sitting at about 1,300 customers still affected.

‘Engineers are working on the problem.

‘We will have engineers on site when we have determined what the cause of the fault is.’

She said the next update was 1am.

‘We are expecting to see a dramatic reduction in customers affected by that time,’ she said.

‘The plan is to get as many people as possible back on.

‘We would like to apologise to the customers affected and thank them for their patience.’