A victim of the recent shocking power cut in Dartford, Kent on 20 July, I’ve felt like a refugee in a third world country for the past few days! How we rely on electrickery to survive. There’s been conflicting stories about who and why, some of which will undoubtedly be proved untrue but most of us have a pretty good idea of the perpetrators and their motives. Its been reported that it was either an act of vandalism, or, more likely, some ‘persons’ after the copper in the cabling for scrap. Unfortunately for them, they failed to understand that electrickery is dangerous stuff, and I’ve heard that at least one person got fried in the process. Thieving tendancies and a lack of education go hand in hand. Apparently others involved have had their collars felt by the local constabulary. Let’s hope that’s true.
I’ve no doubt that EdeF have worked extremely hard to fix things, but I’ve heard they are trying to wriggle out of paying any sort of compensation to their customers. When you consider how much we pay for our electrickery, EdeF have made more than enough profit to line their pockets very nicely thank you over the past few years. Now its time to reimburse just a little to their customers. I’m not technically minded, but when you think the National Grid was designed to be able to route power to where it was needed, regardless of where it was generated, it seems to me that in the 21st century it ought to be possible to have sufficient back up to achieve a relatively uninterrupted supply for most of this country, particularly the South East. I wouldn’t be in the least surprised to learn that there has been a substantial amount of under-investment while EdeF cream off the profits and now lament what they will have to spend to rectify this unprecedented event.
So, no photos, unfortunately. The Dartford FC friendly home match against Welling Utd was cancelled because there was no power. Blacked out streets aren’t very interesting, and you can’t show the incessent wailing of the massed orchestra of burglar alarms as their batteries failed and the emergency alarm cut-ins took off. Oh Boy! Decided enough was enough and wanted to bale out of town for a nights sleep at a hotel. Not a hotel room anywhere between Dartford and the other side of Maidstone. After a few abortive attempts (couldn’t ring, no home phone, couldn’t look up on the internet, no power!). The remaining power in the mobile I wanted to reserve until I could get an in-car charger. Ended up back home after at least having a nice meal out.
I haven’t looked into the freezer yet, am going to leave that until at late a possible. The bin men come on Mondays, so they will have to deal with the contents then. I culled the fridge on Wednesday – most of the stuff in it was off.
Note to self: get some solar power and some independence from the utility companies.