NO POWER: Two schools closed in Wrexham in wake of Storm Arwen
All Saints' Primary School in Gresford, closed due to a ongoing power cut in the village, Image: Google
Two primary schools in Wrexham have closed after being left without power or heating in the wake of Storm Arwen.
All Saints’ School in Gresford and Ysgol Bwlchgwyn have been forced to shut their doors after strong winds hit the county borough on Friday night.
The stormy conditions caused a number of power cuts and brought down trees in several locations.
Some areas are still without electricity today (Monday, November 29) as SP Energy Networks, which is responsible for maintaining the network, works to restore power supplies.
In a message to parents, Richard Hatwood, headteacher at All Saints’, said: “Due to the ongoing power cut in the village and in turn lack of heating and catering provision in school, we are sadly going to have to close the school.
“Could you please arrange to collect your child as soon as possible, Key Stage 2 from Clapper’s Lane and Foundation Phase from the main entrance.
“Sadly, afternoon nursery will be cancelled today.
“Scottish Power are currently unable to confirm when the power supply will be restored and we remain without phone lines.
“We apologise for the inconvenience this causes and thank you for your support in this crisis which is out of our control.”
A message posted on the Wrexham Council website by Ysgol Bylchgwyn states: “Unfortunately due to the inclement weather during the weekend we have no power to our heating system and will be unable to open today.
“We anticipate that maintenance will be carried out today and that we will be open tomorrow.
“We will update parents directly via the school app and on this website. Thank you for your understanding.”
SP Energy Networks said its teams were working “round the clock” to restore power, with a significant amount of damage caused by the storm.
It said: “We’re committed to getting our customers without power back on as quickly and safely as we can but understand just how frustrating it is when you’re without power.
“Since the beginning of the storm engineers have now reconnected over 160,999 customers.
“In England and Wales 2,750 customers are currently affected mainly in Dee Valley, Oswestry, Mid Wales and North Wales.
“In many areas damage has been severe caused by fallen trees and other wind-blown debris and engineers are also dealing with impacted road networks making access to some of our repairs even harder.
“We will be keeping our customers up-to-date with our progress and we’re in in touch with our vulnerable customers throughout the day, organising hot food and drinks and other welfare services for them as needed.”
Words: Liam Randall, Local Democracy Reporter
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