Fallen tree cuts electricity to hundreds of customers

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A fallen eucalyptus tree caused severe disruption to road users and affected the electricity supply of just under 1,000 customers after high winds toppled it onto live power wires.

The tree, still in full summer leaf, was located on the main A841 road, near the Brodick ferry terminal, when it was brought down shortly after 10am on Saturday morning. The difficulty in removing the large tree was compounded by the fact that a large branch made contact with overhead power lines.

Police and Scottish and Southern Electricity workers were quick to attend the scene however a permit had to be sought to switch off the power supply and the line earthed to protect workers.

While the earth connection necessitated a trip over the String road and back over the Ross road, a small workforce comprising a chainsaw crew and removal vehicle stood at the ready for the area to be declared safe. Lumberjack Mark Bunyan was at the nearby ferry terminal when he was made aware of the situation so he was able to assist with a collection of suitable chainsaws and equipment and expertise.

During the blockage a number of non-essential services were allowed to cross the road as pedestrians and a Royal Mail postman was seen delivering mail on foot. Paramedics were also seen leaving their ambulance and walking into Brodick.

People disembarking from the ferry terminal were allowed to proceed on foot while residents in the adjacent area of Corriegills and surrounding areas experienced telephone and power outages during the shut-off.

Once the threat of a live power line was removed, workers set about releasing some of the tension on the line and cut the tree into manageable sections while a crane removed the wood from the road. The road was reopened before 2pm.

A spokesperson from SSE said: ‘On Saturday August 31, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) was alerted to a tree brought down by high winds and affecting the power lines on the A841.

‘Engineers attended and in order to ensure the safety of those working to remove the tree, power supplies had to be temporarily cut to just under 1,000 customers at 11.05am. By 11.07am, 824 of those customers were back on supply, with just 103 customers remaining without power until 2.08pm.

‘SSEN would like to thank those affected while engineers worked to ensure the safety of supply and the safety of those working to remove the tree.’

Photographs by John Baraclough

 

 

The fallen eucalyptus tree blocked the main A841 road between Brodick and Lamlash. No_B36tree02

An ambulance that was unable to pass was temporarily abandoned on the road while paramedics walked into Brodick. No_B36tree03