Resilience Partnership Update Following Storms Arwen and Barra
SSEN has confirmed that all but a very small handful of customers remain without power after Storm Barra. Those customers are due to be reconnected imminently.
The Local Resilience Partnership has continued to meet to co-ordinate and deliver the response to the outages experienced as a result of Storm Arwen. Agencies will continue to meet and support is still available for those who were affected by the unprecedented damage.
Chair of the Local Resilience Partnership, Superintendent Murray Main said: “A significant amount of work has been undertaken following catastrophic damage to power networks and I want to thank everyone involved for their dedication and for working around-the-clock to restore the power. This has been a significant logistical operation involving co-ordination of over 30 different organisations to support communities across the North East. The way individuals and communities themselves have helped out has been truly humbling.
“We recognise just how challenging it has been for those affected by the storms. Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of David Lapage who tragically died during the height of Storm Arwen.
“The Police Scotland major incident has now concluded, however there is still a lot of work ongoing by partners. Support remains available, particularly to those who may need it the most. Representatives from the Local Resilience Partnership will continue to regularly meet to help co-ordinate the clean-up and recovery work as communities return to normality.”
Ritchie Johnson from Aberdeenshire Council is leading the recovery group. He said: “Getting homes and businesses reconnected, and ensuring the welfare of the most vulnerable people in Aberdeenshire, has been our shared number one priority over the past week and more. But that is not to say that the work stops. It can be a difficult process to get some of the worst affected back to anything resembling normality, so our recovery group will continue to meet to help with that work. We do that as partners, working together to reach out and support those people affected by these storms.
“With any major event like this there are always things we learn about our response and resilience, and we are all committed to doing that together.”
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