Nearly 1000 Homes Reconnected in Dorset Villages after Storms
7:55am 19th February 2014
Homes that have been without power for days are finally being reconnected across Dorset.
Villagers in Frampton, Maiden Newton and Charminster had complained after their electricity was knocked out in the storms on Friday (14th February).
Gale force winds and persistent rain hit overhead cables hard disrupting power supplies to dozens of people's homes.
Paul Southern and his wife were without power for 3 days;
"My wife was actually at work at the weekend so she was able to get a hot drink, but I was left on my own during the 2 or 3 days. With regards to washing we had to go and elsewhere and shower at our relative's houses."
A woman living in Charminster - who didn't want to be named - told Wessex FM she was left in the dark for hours and had to use candles around her home.
Paul told us he was going to try and claim some compensation;
"The most disappointing thing is we've had to give food away from our freezer and fridge. I've been in touch with the electricity board and I can claim some kind of compensation, I'm hoping to, because obviously giving all our food away we're out of pocket and the freezer needs to be restocked."
Scottish Southern Energy told Wessex FM 968 homes across Maiden Newton, Frampton and Charminster lost power at the height of the storms.
The energy company said 1,000 extra staff were drafted in to help re-connect people over the weekend.
The 3 villages were back on the grid by Monday night.
(thanks to Andy Lambery for pic)