The response to the weekend’s awful weather has continued throughout today. There is a huge amount of damage, but many people are still without electricity or water, and in some cases - both.
Northern Powergrid has confirmed that they are making sure they prioritise the most vulnerable – e.g care homes, hospitals etc. They are also moving teams to assist with repairs from southern areas to Northumberland, as well as receiving support for repairs and call centres from other power companies.
Please keep trying 105 (Northern Powergrid's National Helpline) to flag any issues. I know that many people have been unable to get through, but please keep trying, and flag anything urgent (e.g reliance on medical equipment, or if you are self-isolating).
If you or someone you know need urgent assistance or access to water, please contact Northumberland County Council’s emergency line on 0345 600 6400.
𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗢𝗙 𝗣𝗢𝗪𝗘𝗥
I understand how difficult it is for many local residents given that this is now the third and fourth day of power outages. Although the storm has been extremely bad, I am clear that people should receive clear updates about when they can expect to be reconnected.
Northern Powergrid has said they expect to restore power in many areas by midnight tonight, and remaining areas throughout tomorrow and Wednesday. I will continue to push for updates on this, and will keep you informed.
You can see the expected time for your specific area by clicking here: https://www.northernpowergrid.com/power-cuts
𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗢𝗙 𝗪𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗥
I have been in contact with Northumbrian Water this afternoon regarding houses which still have no access to water. They have informed me that power outages meant pumping stations were unable to deliver as much water to the areas as is needed. They are working to get extra generators in place in the next few hours and this should see supplies fully restored.
If you experience any further problems, please make sure you report these to Northumbrian Water on 03457171100.
My team and I are here to help and are making representations regarding specific cases. You can contact my office using the details below.
Tel: 0207 219 7113