Bute gets back to normal after power cut

Argyll and Bute Council set up a soup kitchen at Rothesay Pavilion to provide food and hot drinks to those who could neither heat their homes nor cook due to a lack of electricity.

Argyll and Bute Council set up a soup kitchen at Rothesay Pavilion to provide food and hot drinks to those who could neither heat their homes nor cook due to a lack of electricity.

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Life on Bute is gradually returning to normal after the island’s electricity supply was finally restored following Tuesday’s severe storms.

Power was switched back on at 7.40pm on Thursday after an interruption which lasted more than 24 hours and saw engineers drafted in from as far afield as Wales to help with repairs.

At one point on Thursday around two thirds of Scottish and Southern Energy customers without supply were located on Bute.

Argyll and Bute Council set up a soup kitchen at Rothesay Pavilion, providing food and hot drinks to those without any means of cooking or of heating their homes, while volunteers, including members of the local Red Cross branch, made deliveries to some of the island’s most vulnerable residents.

Scottish Hydro Electric also made arrangements to bring three mobile catering vans to the island, while two large generators were brought from the mainland to help restore power supplies more quickly.

A spokesman for the company said on Friday morning that a fault with the main power line to the island had been fixed overnight, and that only around eight hundred homes across the Argyll area remained without power, though it was hoped to have all those reconnected by the end of the day.

Bute’s problems were compounded by the loss of telephone links to the outside world after the backup generator at the Rothesay telephone exchange failed on Thursday evening, while mobile phone network signals were erratic at best.

The island’s power supply was originally cut off shortly after 7am on Tuesday, at the height of the storm which raged across much of central Scotland.

Electricity was restored at 1am on Wednesday, but supplies were cut off again between 9am and 1pm the same day, before being lost once again just after 7pm that night.

As with many other parts of the country, there were many fallen trees on Bute and numerous reports of structural damage to buildings as a result of the storm, but there have been no reports of any injuries locally as a result of the severe weather.

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