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Hundreds of homes plunged into darkness after power cut in major Norfolk town

PUBLISHED: 18:48 08 February 2020 | UPDATED: 23:00 08 February 2020

A power cut affected more than 370 homes in Great Yarmouth. Picture: UK Power Networks.

A power cut affected more than 370 homes in Great Yarmouth. Picture: UK Power Networks.

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More than 350 homes were left without electricity in a major Norfolk town after a power cut.

The electricity went off in 373 properties in Great Yarmouth at 6.13pm - UK Power Networks confirmed that a grounded overhead cable was to blame.

Most of the homes affected appear to be those situated along the east bank of the River Yare, on Southgate Road.

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Power had been restored to most by around 8pm, but 15 properties were still in darkness until 10.34pm.

A spokesperson for UK Power Networks said: "We became aware of this power cut at 6.13pm. We're sorry for any disruption this may have caused.

"We didn't know in advance there would be a power cut."

Engineers were sent to fix the problem, and arrived in the area at 7.25pm.

The issue was expected to be fixed by 8.30pm, but the severity of the damage to the overhead cable meant that it took two hours longer.

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