Over 3,000 homes affected by blackout

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Northern Powergrid have said they may need to disconnect power to some Whitby homes later today (Friday) as they attempt to fix the damage caused by last night’s storm surge.

Over 3,000 properties were left in complete darkness and street lights went out when seawater tripped the fuses at two electricity substations - one at New Quay Road and the other on Church Street.

Both Whitby Coastguard and crew from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue visited a number of properties to check vulnerable residents were safe and warm during the blackout.

Around 100 customers remain without power, and many continue to be flooded, this afternoon.

A spokesperson for Northern Powergrid has said, however, that to ensure the substations are safe, they may need to temporarily disconnect the power again today.

Northern Powergrid’s Sarah Wilkinson said: “We’re trying to progress and get things done in the fastest way possible.

“However the work will mean that as we isolate some areas to discover the faults, some properties will lose power again.”

Mrs Wilkinson explained that every staff member and contractor available is out checking the powergrid’s substations, of which there are over 100 in the area.

As the high tide rose, the floods tripped a fuse in the substation within the public toilets on New Quay Road, which led to Baxtergate being evacuated.

The high tidal levels in the area also meant there was a risk of electrocution to anyone who was stood in the seawater and so New Quay Road was closed off by police.