Power ‘trauma’ for Cawood residents

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A COUNCILLOR said life has been traumatic for local residents in the aftermath of a huge North Yorkshire power cut.

Almost 1,000 properties experienced surges at about 4.30pm on December 1, which blew out televisions, telephones, lights, washing machines, cookers and lamp posts in Cardinals Court, Cawood.

Coun John Cattanach said: “It’s been quite traumatic as initially the Northern Power Grid (NPG) company was telling their engineers that we had to claim on household insurance. All our meters were blown. We’re slowly getting back to normal, but we did have a loss adjuster at our houses on Sunday about an hour after our power was back on giving us replacement phones and speakers.”

Engineers have since been sent to replace the meters and replace circuit boards in washing machines.

A spokeswoman for NPG said properties in Thorpe Willoughby, Hambleton and Selby were affected by the surges, although only a handful of properties in Cawood were affected by a “neutral fault”, which caused some household appliances to overload.

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10:09am Tue 11 Dec 12

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Northern Power grid try this all the time. When our supply suffered a spike at the start of the year which blew out one particluar appliance I was told to 'claim on my insurance' - but they also sent a cheque for £25, so they obviously admitted some form of responsibility. Unfortunately, even with the £25 taken into account, the policy excess was greater than the repair cost so, like the good folk of Cawood, I lost out through no fault of my own. Not good enough.
Northern Power grid try this all the time. When our supply suffered a spike at the start of the year which blew out one particluar appliance I was told to 'claim on my insurance' - but they also sent a cheque for £25, so they obviously admitted some form of responsibility. Unfortunately, even with the £25 taken into account, the policy excess was greater than the repair cost so, like the good folk of Cawood, I lost out through no fault of my own. Not good enough. Ignatius Lumpopo
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11:24am Tue 11 Dec 12

myselby says...

“It’s been quite traumatic!” Come on get real power was for an hour an inconvenience yes a traumatic event – er No
“It’s been quite traumatic!” Come on get real power was for an hour an inconvenience yes a traumatic event – er No myselby
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4:00pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Tim Cronin says...

I remember in the war when we were bombed and the power was off for many days. We had to burn clothes to keep warm! We also had a good stock of candles, which helped a lot, especially at night.
I remember in the war when we were bombed and the power was off for many days. We had to burn clothes to keep warm! We also had a good stock of candles, which helped a lot, especially at night. Tim Cronin
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3:16am Fri 14 Dec 12

Magicman! says...

How can you have a "neutral fault"?? power distributed straight off the grid is Live. It is only at substations where an Earth connection is established, and in urban or semi-urban areas a neutral too is established, which is pretty much exactly the same as Earth but with a different colour wire! Electric feeds to lamp posts are Live and Earth only, it is within the cutout unit that the Earth and Neutral are seperated, but they still come off the same piece of copper.
How can you have a "neutral fault"?? power distributed straight off the grid is Live. It is only at substations where an Earth connection is established, and in urban or semi-urban areas a neutral too is established, which is pretty much exactly the same as Earth but with a different colour wire! Electric feeds to lamp posts are Live and Earth only, it is within the cutout unit that the Earth and Neutral are seperated, but they still come off the same piece of copper. Magicman!
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