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Thousands of homes without power after substation floods

The power is down to around 10,000 homes. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Around 10,000 homes in Rochdale and Lancashire have lost their electricity supply after flood waters hit a main substation, the Press Association has reported.

Electricity North West said extra engineers have been on standby and teams are working to repair the damage.

We're continuing to work hard in extremely difficult conditions to restore supplies to as many people as we can as quickly as possible, but severe flooding has caused damage to local substations in Rochdale and Lancashire.

We have drafted in extra engineers and will continue to work throughout the day to get everyone back on and we are here 24 hours a day seven days a week so please contact us if you need any advice or information.

– Mark Williamson, operations director for Electricity North West



Tap water across Lancashire declared safe after bug scare

Up to 300,000 homes were warned they should boil tap water. Credit: PA

All tap water in Lancashire has been declared safe to drink following an outbreak of a parasitic bug.

Up to 300,000 homes were warned they should boil tap water after traces of cryptosporidium were found in the water supply at the United Utilities treatment plant in Catterall.

On Sunday, United Utilities confirmed water supplies were now back to normal.

"The boiled water advice is now lifted across the whole of Lancashire and all customers can now use their water supply as normal for all activities including drinking, food preparation and brushing your teeth," a spokesman for the company said.

"We’d like to thank all of our customers for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We do realise how frustrating this has been for you."

United Utilities said compensation cheques should be issued to all affected residents and businesses by the end of September.

Boil water notice lifted for more homes in Lancashire

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A further 86,000 homes in Lancashire have been told they no longer need to boil water after an outbreak of a parasitic bug.

United Utilities lifted restrictions in Chorley, Preston and South Ribble following work to remove the cryptosporidium bug.

On Thursday, the notice was lifted for 80,000 homes in the region.

Some schools have been warned the notice may still be in place when pupils return from the summer holidays.

United Utilities said it has arranged for 174 schools to be supplied with bottled water while the notice is still in effect.

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