Wickford and Benfleet residents expected to be without power for hours after widespread outage

Some residents in Essex are expected to be without power for hours after widespread outage this afternoon (Sunday, March 13).

More than 2,000 homes in the Wickford and Benfleet area had been without power after an underground electricity cable fault was recorded just after 11am.

It had been hoped that power would be restored to all these properties by 1.30pm.

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Engineers from UK Power Networks attended the SS12 and SS7 areas after seven postcodes were initially affected.

Most homes have now had their power restored, although 292 homes remain without.

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It’s now expected that these remaining homes will have power between 5.30pm and 6.30pm today.

It’s possible that some homes will be seen to sooner.

In an update to customers, UK Power Networks said: “We want to reassure you that we’ve certainly not forgotten about you and we know that the estimated time frame has now passed.

“Getting you an update is our priority, as we know it’s important that you have the latest information.

“Our team on site are still working, and we are liaising with them to get a progress update to you as soon as we can safely do so.

“As soon as we hear from them we’ll be in touch, or you can call us on 105 if you need any additional support.”

The power cut was caused by an underground electricity cable fault on the high voltage network, causing an area-wide power outage.

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