Bird causes big blackout

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A borough-wide power shortage hit the area yesterday morning, affecting over 85,000 people.

Northern Powergrid were able to restore the power later that morning after engineers rushed to the scene of the incident.

A spokesperson for the electricity board said: “The loss of power was caused by a freak bird strike within our substation compound at Scarborough.

The spokesperson added this was an “extremely rare event” and said engineers were immediately dispatched to the scene.

Power was first lost at over 40,000 properties at around 7.15am.

This went up to 85,000 people , across Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Malton, when the power supply had to be interrupted for repair work.

Motorists were advised to take extra care as the outage also affected many traffic lights in the borough.

The spokesperson said he expected power to have been completely restored by 8.33am, but that a secondary fault could have caused some homes and businesses to remain off longer.

Following the power outage Scarborough Council experienced problems with the telephones lines in Customer First and at the time of going to press was still working to restore the service.

Northern Powergrid is an electricity distribution business, delivering electricity on behalf of suppliers from the national transmission service.

The network consists of more than 31,000 substations and around 91,000 kilometres of overhead line and underground cables.

Anyone who remains without power or who has any queries is asked to call 0800 66 88 77.