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28/12/13 16:59

FM praises storms response in Scotland

Tens of thousands of households reconnected following festive storms.

First Minister Alex Salmond has praised emergency efforts to get the lights back on in tens of thousands of Scottish homes following power cuts caused by storms over the festive period.

More than a thousand energy workers – including engineers, linesmen, tree cutters and call centre staff – have been working round the clock to restore power to more than 26,500 Scottish households cut off during three separate bouts of severe weather since December 19, 2013.

It is hoped that almost 300 Scottish Power customers in Dumfries and Galloway who lost power on Friday will be reconnected today.

Mr Salmond said:

“I would like to thank all of the staff who have given up time with their families this festive season to keep the lights on across Scotland. Their relentless efforts during these winter storms to get so many people reconnected so quickly deserve recognition and appreciation.

“Although not everyone is back on supply, I am hopeful this will happen soon and I understand Scottish Power is deploying generators until permanent repairs can be made as well as working with local responders where necessary.

“Wet and windy weather is not unusual for this time of the year and the Scottish Government’s Resilience committee will continue to closely monitor conditions over the coming days and weeks.”

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