Hundreds of Richmondshire properties still without power

Cars outside Tan Hill. Photo: Tom Rigby/North Yorkshire Weather.

Hundreds of Richmondshire residents remain without power this evening after Storm Arwen brought down power line on Friday night.

Northern Powergrid says it has restored power to thousands of homes in the district after experiencing its biggest storm to impact its network since 2005.

However, the company is still working to reconnect hundreds of properties, with residents of Wensleydale and Swaledale among those affected.

Due to Northern Powergrid’s website crashing, information on when homes and businesses will be restored has been limited.

The failure of the website has attracted criticism from numerous users on social media, although others have expressed gratitude at the efforts to restore power.

The company said in a statement: “More than 219,000 homes and businesses have been affected and with 108,000 properties still affected, and as a result of the ongoing situation, many customers will be off supply for the majority of the day and into tomorrow.”

The company said it expected that 1,385 properties in the DL8 postcode would be restored by 9.15am tonight.

Around 82 properties in the DL10 area were due to be switched on at 4.10pm today.

Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team said it was called out last night to rescue a number of motorists stuck in snow in Swaledale.

However, they managed to reach Tan Hill.

The team was also called to a medical emergency at a remote farm in the Dales.

An air ambulance as well as a land ambulance and SMRT team assessed the casualty and eventually there were well enough to remain at home.