A SECOND major incident has been declared in the North East as thousands remain without power for a seventh day after Storm Arwen caused huge disruption.

Northumberland County Council confirmed a major incident had been declared on Friday afternoon as it said almost 4,000 residents were without electricty.

It comes just 24 hours after a major incident was declared in County Durham as residents warned of "horrendous" and blisteringly cold conditions.

Read more: Major incident declared in County Durham due to widespread power cuts

In a statement this afternoon, the council's chief executive said it had grown "extremely concerned" for the residents left without power, and in some cases water.

The Northern Echo:


Daljit Lally said: “We are extremely concerned for those residents in our communities who continue to be without power and in some cases water as well.  

“Whilst all agencies have and continue to work together to assist those affected in our communities and are doing all they can, we need more support.

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"The damage caused to some power lines is devastating and we do not know how long this will continue for."

The Army was today brought in to assist with efforts in County Durham with around 100 military personnel carrying out welfare checks.

The Northern Echo:

Members of the armed forces are briefed, prior to helping residents in the Weardale Valley, County Durham Picture: PA

Glen Sanderson, Leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “Our staff and all our partners have worked non-stop over the past week and I want to thank them as well as all our communities and volunteers for their brilliant efforts. 

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“This was an unprecedented storm and I have seen first hand and with great sadness the destruction the wind has caused to many parts of our beautiful county. 

“We know there is some way to go but the council is doing everything it can to support our residents.” 

Earlier today, regulator Ofgem said that a £700 limit on compensation had been removed as thousands entered day seven without electricty.

Previously, those without power could claim up to a maximum of £700, the equivalent of five-and-a-half days without supply.


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