RESIDENTS in Pendle were today still facing power cuts - with the authorities warning people many services are on hold.

Telephone and computer systems Pendle Contact Centre, a walk-in base providing a one-stop-shop service for all council enquiries such as housing benefits, are down.


Engineers are trying to resolve these issues as quickly as possible at Number One Market Street, Nelson.

A spokeswoman for Pendle Council said: "They are expected to be fixed in fours hours."

More than 9,000 customers lost electricity in the area on Monday after an underground cable fault caused a manhole cover to explode.

The incident happened at around 12.30pm in Gisburn Road, Barrowford, and police closed the road while Electricity North West engineers worked to repair the fault.

Most of the customers without power were in the Nelson and Barrowford areas, with some residents in Colne also affected.

Electricity North West said it restored power to 4,364 customers within in three minutes, and another 4,467 were back on within an hour, but yesterday afternoon they were still working to get the final 28 homes back on supply.

Fire crews were also called to the scene of the explosion, and they also attended a false alarm when a fire alarm in the area was going off as a result of the power cut.