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PICTURES: More images from Storm Arwen as many rural households in Moray remain without power


By Chris Saunderson

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MANY rural households in Moray remained without power for a second night due to the impact of Storm Arwen.

People in Cullen, Dufftown, Fochabers, Huntly, Insch, Limehillocks, Marnoch and Rothes were without power as engineers from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) worked to repair the damage.

Damage to an overhead power line.
Damage to an overhead power line.

SSEN is working closely with local resilience partners to help coordinate its response by activating established resilience plans and provide support to customers affected.

Trees fell across the A98 which closed the road overnight Friday and into Saturday morning. The road was reopened on Saturday morning.Picture: Becky Saunderson
Trees fell across the A98 which closed the road overnight Friday and into Saturday morning. The road was reopened on Saturday morning.Picture: Becky Saunderson

The following welfare facilities were established to support customers who remained off supply with hot food and drinks served until 10pm Saturday night and breakfast from 7am this morning.

  • Killin, Main Street near the Town Hall
  • Kirriemuir, near Bon Scott Statue
  • Cullen, beach front
  • Keith, Curry Contractors Yard (outskirts of Keith)
  • Kintore, in the square
  • Turriff, Tesco car park
  • Tarland, in the square

SSEN’s teams continue to prioritise faults which will restore as many customers as possible, as well as faults affecting key sites and support for Priority Services Register customers.

Power had been restored to 63,000 customers as at 8pm on Saturday.

Energy teams have been working overnight to repair damage.
Energy teams have been working overnight to repair damage.

Mark Rough, Director of Customer Operations at SSEN, said: “We continue to liaise closely with local resilience partners to co-ordinate support, particularly to those on our Priority Service Register, as we enact established resilience plans and provide welfare support to the communities who will remain off supply.

Winding walks car park was shut with many trees blown over .Picture: Becky Saunderson
Winding walks car park was shut with many trees blown over .Picture: Becky Saunderson

“We would like to apologise once again to all customers who have been impacted by Storm Arwen and thank our customers for their continued patience and understanding. We would also like to thank our resilience partners for supporting a multi-agency response to what has been one of the most significant weather events we have experienced in decades."

The Buckie tree was downed by Storm Arwen. Picture: Becky Saunderson
The Buckie tree was downed by Storm Arwen. Picture: Becky Saunderson
A garden fence blown down in Lossie. Picture: Sara-Jayne Coull
A garden fence blown down in Lossie. Picture: Sara-Jayne Coull

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