Power woes continue as more rain expected

A local resident helps workmen clear water from her home in Yalding, Kent, after flooding. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Thousands of homes are still without power following the Christmas storms which swept Britain, as another band of heavy rain is set to bring the risk of further floods to parts of the country.

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) said 3,000 homes across the UK were without electricity, as one of the UK's biggest power distributors promised to almost triple compensation for customers affected.

A man surveys damage done to his car at his home in Yalding, Kent, after it was flooded. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

UK Power Networks, which owns electricity lines and cables in London, the South East and east of England, said it will increase payments for 48 to 60-hour outages from £27 to £75 for those affected on Christmas Day as "a gesture of goodwill".

Additional payments will be made to customers who have been without electricity for longer than that time - up to a maximum of £432.

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The boss of UK Power Networks, which supplies eight million homes in the South East, said more could have been done in response to the storms that hit Britain over Christmas, leaving many without power.