A team of 150 workers is to carry out Southern Electric's biggest ever tree cutting programme - in a bid to reduce the number of power cuts in West Sussex.
Fallen trees hitting power lines or interfering with the network have caused nine power outages in the past year alone. The firm is spending £350,000 on the one-day operation which will see tree cutters, engineers and contractors working in Milland, Redford and Linch. Power will be turned off between 8am - 6pm in the areas with electricity being provided through temporary power generators where possible.
The entire project will cover an area of 200,000 sq. metres. The firm has reassured the public that only vegetation and dead trees will be removed if they pose a significant threat to the network and are within falling distance of an overhead line.
The company is setting up a mobile welfare and information point to provide free hot food and drinks, as well as charging facilities for customers' mobile phones and tablets.
Almost every home that lost power in the storms across the South East has now been reconnected. But for many it's meant a Christmas of misery and waiting for repairs. David Johns has visited one couple, Gill and Ian Pooley, who've been without electricity for eight days.
A Kent family who have been without power since December 23 are bracing themselves for yet another night without electricity.
Alexandr Prisyazhnyuk, 41, relocated to a local hotel with his wife and three children after trees fell on overhead power cables and left their home without power.
Mr Prisyazhnyuk said: "It's pretty bad, I would say, as I haven't had any response from the power company, and all the time they just promise to restore power and they haven't. According to the news, all homes had been reconnected. After that I thought everybody had ignored me and my family."
He now faces further problems as the hotel he has been staying in is fully booked for New Years Eve.
UK Power Networks say they have restored power to all but four of the properties they were aware of in the south east affected by Monday’s storm.
Two of them may already have electricity and the firm will confirm with those customers this morning. The final two properties will be reconnected later this morning.
UK Power Networks have confirmed that 53 customers are still without power as a result of Monday's storm.
There are 48 homes in Kent, four in Sussex and one in Surrey who remain without power following this week's stormy weather.
Teams from Southern Electric have now restored electricity to around 130,000 homes that were affected by the devastating high winds and flooding over the Christmas period.
With around 90,000 homes affected during the peak of the storm, over 300 staff were enlisted to restore supplies as over 1000 damaged conductors on the network.
The UK Power Network have updated a map with the latest reported power cuts across our region.
They have also detailed advice for those without power and how to claim compensation on their website.
If your power goes off the advice is to:
-Avoid opening the freezer door to protect your food
-Turn off and unplug non-essential electrical equipment
-Keep warm by staying in one room and wear several layers of clothing
-Limit the use of your laptop or phone to retain battery
-Keep an eye on any elderly residents or ill neighbours
-If there has been a storm, stay away from fallen lines, flooded areas and debris
-After the power cut be sure to check your circuit breaker
Southern Electric are working to restore power to the last few homes across the south of England.
A live map detailing the latest power cuts across the UK and where you can report power problems, can be found on the Southern Electric website.
There are 60 homes remaining without power in the Southern Electric region this morning.
Engineers have been working to restore 740 customers since their power was originally cut earlier this week.
There are 303 homes in Kent, Surrey and Sussex who remain without power today, according to a statement released by UK Power Networks.
The company say by the end of today all homes should have their power restored.
The current customers without powers are located in:
Kent - 169
Surrey - 22
Sussex - 112
When high winds struck on Christmas Eve, power was interrupted to more than 300,000 homes but engineers worked to restore most of these supplies.
Catering vans were also sent to Yalding and Staplehurst in Kent on Friday and provided Christmas dinner for those without power.