A major power fault at 7:05am this morning on a high voltage line serving the town affected over 1000 houses and businesses. Some areas of town, suffered just a couple of minor power ‘blips’ whist some other parts were still without power 3 hours later.
Justin Smith of Southern Electric Power Distribution told this website at 10am, “The vast majority of Whitchurch customers had their supplies restored within half an hour.”
He continued, “There are still about 50 customers without power, mainly in the Test Road area. As of 10am, there is no estimated time for the fault to be fully fixed.”
There were reports on this website’s Facebook page (HERE) that businesses in the town centre, like the White Hart and Clacy’s were without power even at 10am. A posting from Rising Five’s said, “R5s now has power and will be open as nomal.We will be walking over to the school for the Nativity as planned.”
The primary school sent out a message at 7:46am saying the school would not open until 10am; but another message at 8:31am said power was restored there and school would open as normal. Attempts to ring Testbourne were not successful: both of their telephone lines had a computerised message that said, “This number is temporarily out of order – we’re sorry for any inconvenience”.
Repair crews are currently in town and are focusing on restoring power before determining the cause of this morning’s power failure. The engineers are rerouting the electricity supplies so to restore power as soon as possible.
If you are without power, then ring the Southern Electric Power Distribution emergency line on 08000-72-72-82.
UPDATE: Greg Clark of Southern Electric Power Distribution said, “Good news – All supplies were restored by 11am. Investigations are still ongoing about the exact causes.”