Snow drifts hampering N Ireland power restoration

Snow drifts and abandoned vehicles are continuing to hamper efforts to restore power to 700 homes and businesses cut off by blizzard conditions in Northern Ireland.

Two helicopters are assisting in the operation to get engineers to the affected properties, all of which are located in rural and exposed areas, power company Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) said.

A Northern Ireland Electricity engineer as heavy snow falls in County Antrim. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Spokeswoman Julia Carson said, "NIE emergency crews, supported by lines staff from the Republic of Ireland and Scotland are carrying out repairs to over 100 remaining faults on the electricity network".

"These are in areas where access has been very difficult with snow drifts and abandoned cars hampering the restoration process", she added.