Residents affected by power cuts after gales

As gusts of 78mph battered the region last week, residents in some parts of Berwickshire were left without power, some for more than two days.

Scottish Power estimate that at one point up to 100,000 homes across Scotland were left without power last week, including over 3,400 in the Borders and locally one of the worst affected areas was Cranshaws, with chair of Cranshaws, Ellemford and Longformacus David Lochhead telling ‘The Berwickshire News’ that villagers were off supply from the morning of Tuesday, January 3 until 4pm on Thursday, January 4.

“At least 20 houses were left without electricity,” he explained.

“It became extremely frustrating when trying to find out from Scottish Power when the power would be back on as a lot of the time all you got was a recorded message. I think communication could have been a lot better.

“We have a lot of elderly people in the village and everyone tried to do their bit to help them by looking in on them and making sure they were OK.”

A spokesperson for Scottish Power said engineers worked “flat out” to try and restore power to those affected.

She apologised for the inconvenience and praised residents for their patience.

Although not to the same extent as Cranshaws, Gordon was another Berwickshire village affected by the power cuts with locals without power from last Tuesday morning until the following afternoon.

Parts of Coldingham were also without electricity for over 24 hours although resident Kenrick Lloyd Jones said most villagers were well prepared after losing power just over a month earlier on November 30.