Midhurst and Petworth left in dark by fallen tree

MORE than 7,000 households in the Midhurst and Petworth area lost all electricity this week.

Between 10pm and 11.20pm on Tuesday (October 9), the power was cut after a tree fell on an overhead electricity line at Henley Common.

Engineers from Scottish and Southern Electricity were on site to reroute the network and return power to customers.

Yesterday morning engineers were working to safely remove the tree from the network, as it was still resting on the overhead lines.

A spokesman said: “We would like to thank our customers for their patience while we carried out the restoration.”

A number of areas were affected by the power failure, including: Midhurst, Petworth, Bignor, Wisborough Green, Pulborough, Bury and many other villages.

According to the spokesman, automatic safety measures kicked in as soon as the tree touched the line, and the power was cut.

As it was a high-voltage section of the network, it fed into a lot of the smaller networks, which is why so many areas were affected.

Engineers rerouted the electricity, and have said there should not be any further interruptions.