Power cut plunges Harpenden High Street into darkness

A POWER cut in Harpenden plunged half the High Street into darkness yesterday (Thursday). Nearly 900 EDF Energy customers lost power at around 4.30pm due to a fault on a high voltage underground cable. Both the traffic and Christmas lights on the southe

A POWER cut in Harpenden plunged half the High Street into darkness yesterday (Thursday).

Nearly 900 EDF Energy customers lost power at around 4.30pm due to a fault on a high voltage underground cable. Both the traffic and Christmas lights on the southern end of the High Street were affected and the power cut extended to homes in Wheathampstead.

EDF engineers managed to restore power to most customers within a matter of hours, although nearly 80 Harpenden homes had to wait until Friday afternoon before the electricity was back on.

A spokesperson form EDF said: "We do appreciate how frustrating it is to be without power and would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience.