Updated: More than 2,200 Suffolk homes still without power as Doris even turns the taps off
The patching up after Storm Doris continues today with thousands of homes still without power and hundreds of reports of debris on roads and dangerous trees still being reported.
Doris has even hit water supplies in the Mildenhall area.
UK Power Networks (UKPN) said 231,900 properties were affected across East Anglia and they hope to have the remaining 8,200 without power, of which 2,211 are in Suffolk, reconnected by the end of the day.
A spokesman said: “The equivalent of nearly four weeks’ work was undertaken in just one day, after severe storms and high winds all through Thursday caused power cuts to peak at around 6pm.
“Specialist teams worked yesterday and into today and made significant progress in restoring supplies.
“The whole company prepared for the storm since Monday. Additional staff and contractors were brought in and continue working in engineering, tree cutting, damage assessment, call taking and customer services, responding as quickly and safely as possible to almost 600 damage incidents.”
You can check for power updates at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk, on Twitter vias @ukpowernetworks or the UKPN emergency helpline on 105 or 0800 3163 105.
or people in the Mildenhall area, the storm had an unexpected effect by reducing or cutting water supplies.
An Anglian Water spokesperson said this afternoon: “We are sorry customers in the Mildenhall area may be experiencing low water pressure. This is due to an electricity outage at one of our water pumps.
“Due to the nature of the landscape in the area, largely flat, we rely on pumps to get water around our network of pipes. We hope to have power restored as quickly as possible and water pressure should return to normal.”
Suffolk Police say they took more than 800 999 calls yesterday related to the storm, compared to a daily 999 average of 230.
Of those they logged 250 ‘highway obstruction’ incidents which was about 10 times the daily average for the time of year.
In harder hit Norfolk, police took 2,500 calls raising more the 500 storm related incidents, but they had taken a further 500 storm related calls by 10am this morning, as people went out and found more damage.
Suffolk County Council says it dealt with more than 200 fallen trees on the roads.
Fallen and dangerous trees on roads can be reported directly to Suffolk Highways on 0345 6066171 and to Norfolk Highways on 0344 800802.