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Power restored to all homes in Caithness

Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) have confirmed power has been restored to all homes in Caithness and the Highlands after a massive four day operation.

Engineers endured atrocious weather conditions to repair the network as they battled winds of up to 100 mph in blizzards, lightning and ice. .

Most of Caithness went without power for over two days with the majority of the county reconnected by Sunday.

John O’Groats was the final area in Caithness to have power restored at 11am on Monday.

Alan Broadbent, Director of Engineering, praised customers and engineers for the patience and understanding while they worked to restore power to all homes. “Our customers have been tremendous, they had to endure appalling disruption to their electricity supply.

“I am also immensely proud of our engineers.

“They live and work in the communities they serve, so it was a matter of personal pride and satisfaction for them to bring power back on as soon as possible.

“They did this by battling some of the worst weather conditions I have ever known.”

Since Friday, when the first storm struck, engineers have restored power to 120,000 customers.
 

SOURCE: JOHN O'GROAT JOURNAL