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Nervous wait over power cuts ahead of Valentines night in Lymm
12:17pm Friday 14th February 2014 in News
A LYMM restaurant has had a nervous wait over whether their electricity supply would be back on in time for Valentine’s Day.
La Boheme was without power for more than 24 hours since Wednesday night after gale force winds brought down power lines in the region.
It meant owners Olivier and Adele Troalen had to cancel 270 customers in the run-up to one of the busiest nights of the year for restaurants.
But the couple are now happy to announce it will be business as usual for their 300 diners this evening.
Adele added: “It’s been a complete nightmare.
“It went off at 5.40pm on Wednesday and we didn’t get it back until 9.15pm last night.
“The build-up to Valentine’s day is always really busy and it was terrible having to call so many people but fortunately the majority of our customers have been lovely about it.
“The lack of communication and information was the most frustrating thing about it as they kept promising they would send us texts with updates but we didn’t receive one.
“We were unloading stock until 1am last night back into our fridges and freezers and it must have been horrendous for all businesses involved but at least we’re back on now.”
A Scottish Power spokesman said 140,000 customers have been affected since storms started on Wednesday.
He added: “With another Atlantic storm expected later this afternoon, engineers are making the most of calmer conditions this morning to make as many repairs as possible.
“However much of the damage caused by the hurricane force winds on Wednesday requires major engineering to repair and engineers are trying to complete repairs that would usually take days in hours.
“The company has had to respond to an unprecedented 900 faults across its network and we can only apologise for any inconvenience.”