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Helicopters are combing North Yorks Moors for snow damaged power lines

Spotter helicopters are combing the North Yorkshire Moors to find snow-damaged power lines which have left hundreds cut off. More than 1,000 homes remain without power after wintry storms felled overhead electricity cables. Engineers have been working round the clock to repair the damage.

Power has been restored to approximately 78,000 properties in Yorkshire since power cuts struck on Tuesday night. The number of properties still without power now stands at 1,700, a Northern Powergrid spokesman said.

Last night, the mercury plunged -4C in Ravensworth in North Yorkshire but no new snowfall is expected today.

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Campers stranded in the snow

Campers stranded on North Yorks Moors Credit: PA

A group of campers woke to Arctic scenes today as they found themselves stranded in 3ft of snow. Owners of the Marfit Head Farm camp site, on the North Yorks Moors, said they were sitting in their shorts and T-shirts enjoying a barbecue this time last week. Today the snow is drifting waist-deep.

Farmer Angela Hodgson said: "There are people camping and it's 3ft deep. They just want to get out and go home, I think."

She said the A169 was closed due to the conditions and the farm had been hit by a power failure.

She added that they were trying to get a generator going so the dairy herd could be milked.

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Engineers tackle felled power lines

More than 12,000 properties in North Yorkshire suffered power cuts overnight after heavy ice and snow felled overhead powerlines. Engineers working around the clock had by 8am restored power to 50% of those properties, a Northern Powergrid spokesman said.

A further 200 incidents of damage, affecting 40,000 or so properties, remain to be repaired. The engineers are facing difficulties including drifting snow in their attempts to find and repair the damage. In the Whitby area power was restored by mid-day to around 12,000 customers.

9,000 Peak District homes left without power

Thousands of homes were left without power after heavy snow and blizzard conditions hit the Peak District. Western Power Distribution said 9,000 homes were affected in north Derbyshire, between Buxton and Chesterfield.

A spokeswoman said: "They've had particularly bad winds and a lot of airborne debris has come into contact with overhead lines. They've also had a lot of snow in the area which is making it difficult for our engineers to get about."

She said the firm had brought in a number of extra 4x4 vehicles to help staffget around the area and had a helicopter standing by to help identify the damageonce the snow abated.

Traffic update

The trans-Pennine Snake Pass and Woodhead Pass continue to be closed due to the snow. The A57 Snake Pass is closed between Ladybower Reservoir and Manor Park Road and the A628 Woodhead Pass is completely closed to all vehicles.

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