Warning over rare ‘freezing rain’ that could cause problems in Sussex for power networks

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A warning has been sent out about the potential for rare ‘freezing rain’ that may cause problems with the electricity network.

UK Power Networks is a distribution network operator for electricity, covering Sussex and the rest of the South-East of England.

We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately

They say that the current cold spell of icy winds and snow may bring ‘freezing rain’ which is a very rare weather phenomenon and occurs when very cold rain freezes immediately on landing.

A statement says: “Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines, resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply.

“Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, and we have organised for additional staff in our contact centre and more engineers on the ground to be available to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the cold weather.

Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

- Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)

- Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates

- Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map

- Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates.

“We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

“We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.”