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Power black out in Newry as digger severs mains cable

Homes and businesses in parts of Newry are without power this afternoon (Wednesday) after a mains cable was severed by contractors near the city centre.

Businesses on Canal Street have been left without electricity after a digger accidentally tore through cables on Canal Street shortly before lunchtime.

Sinn Fein Councillor Charlie Casey said the incident has caused huge inconvenience in the area.

“It’s a massive disruption to businesses based in Canal Street,” said the city councillor.

“And it’s causing problems for traffic and parking/pick-up for a local taxi firm on the street.”

He added: “I understand workers using a digger have severed a mains cable causing the black out.

“NI Electricity are working flat out to restore power. A local electrician has been able to set up some emergency power but this is a huge inconvenience to business, traffic and pedestrians.”

It remains unclear at this stage how long the mains power will be out.

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