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Power was lost to 201 homes in Frankley at around 10am this morning and an army of engineers have not yet been able to restore the supply 12 hours on. 

The supply was lost following a power surge and fire in the low voltage network supplying the properties and fire crews attended.

Engineers working into the night | Photo from Rachel Carroll
Engineers working into the night | Photo from Rachel Carroll

Engineers have been working hard all afternoon and evening to restore power.

A Western Power Distribution spokesman said that the complex problem on the network had now been isolated and repaired and that engineers were ready to restore power. However, engineers need to gain access to the fuse box in each individual property so it may take some time yet before all homes are reconnected.

All electrical appliances in affected homes will also need to be tested as they may have been damaged by the power surge. Several residents say they have lost most of their electrical goods, including boilers, TVs and fridge freezers.

The spokesman said that customer support were on site, along with the Red Cross in case of need.

Cllr Andy Cartwrght said: “I’ve just been up and met the team – everything is in order, they have been working hard all day.

“Residents have been cared for and adapted best to the situation as they can.”

If you are a resident and have any further problems or worries, you can contact Cllr Cartwright for advice and support by emailing Andy.Cartwright@birmingham.gov.uk

Support on site | Photo Cllr Cartwright
Support on site | Photo Cllr Cartwright

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