Hundreds struck by power cut

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HUNDREDS of homes were plunged into darkness on Wednesday night after a power cut hit parts of the town.

It is estimated between 700 and 800 people were affected by the cable fault, which occurred at Wilton Glebe.

That included Ivanhoe Terrace, Wilson Drive, Chay Blyth Place, Wilton Hill, Princes Street and Duke Street.

The power went off shortly after 8pm and a spokesperson for Scottish Power explained that it was back on for most people after two hours, with some having to wait an extra 40 minutes before the supply was reconnected.

As well as the numerous homes, the power cut also affected a number of businesses.

Teviotdale Leisure Centre was forced to close early and staff were called in to deal with matters.

Manager Stuart Holmes told the Hawick News: “Staff came back after hours to make sure everything was okay.

“The concerns we had were with the pool plant which helps to circulate the water around the pool but that was fine and we were back to normal first thing on Thursday.”

The cable fault also resulted in an early finish for chip shop owner Gino Andreucci, who runs Gino’s in Dovemount Place.

He said: “We had to close immediately and I left the shop at 9pm. There’s no point getting in touch with Scottish Power (about compensation), I’ll just need to claim off my insurance.”

At the neighbouring Station Bar, a pool league match between the Station and Frankies Bar had to be finished at the High Level.

And at Burnfoot Community School the surge set off the alarm.

Local councillor Stuart Marshall, who fielded telephone calls from concerned residents, said that the emergency number for utility companies should always be kept close at hand.

He said: “In situations like this you can only offer those callers the Scottish Power emergency helpline number and relay the information that I myself had received from it.

“Thankfully power was restored at around 11pm. I just hope that the businesses affected by this outage can be compensated as I know of at least one that was forced to close.

“I think it would be very wise for all members of the public to jot down the emergency hotline number as I found this to be very helpful .”

The Scottish Power helpline is: 0845 27 27 999.