'Worse than useless': LBC listeners reveal impact of Storm Arwen power cuts

1 December 2021, 17:47

By Seán Hickey

As thousands in the north of the country edge closer to a week without power, LBC heard first-hand accounts from those worst affected by Storm Arwen.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Shelagh Fogarty heard the personal stories of callers as the aftermath of Storm Arwen affects thousands.

Read more: Storm Arwen: Three dead, 100mph gales, floods, snow and thousands without power

Gareth phoned in from Country Durham to tell Shelagh of the horrific extent of the storm in his community.

"It's been unbearably cold" he began, telling LBC that neighbours had rallied around a neighbour in his 80s.

"They've done their very best with him: gas heaters and wrapping him up but the cold was just too much." He went on to say that the neighbour was hospitalised with hypothermia and died early on Tuesday morning.

Read more: UK weather: Ice warnings issued and more snow set to hit in wake of Storm Arwen

"He had as much help as anybody could give" the caller said, stating that the conditions were just too perilous.

"It's beyond a joke, people just feel abandoned", the caller concluded, noting that he hadn't "once spoken to a human being" to get a grasp on the conditions.

Justine phoned in from North Yorkshire to share her experience of having lost all running water, with a farm to run while waiting for it to come back.

Read more: UK weather: Ice warnings issued and more snow set to hit in wake of Storm Arwen

"It's miserable" she said, echoing Gareth's frustration at not being able to speak to a human about the issue.

She fumed that the response was "worse than useless".

"It feels like we've been forgotten about and when you hear that it might be off until Christmas, you just want to weep!"

"We're keeping everything crossed for Friday" she said, which is the day her community had been told their power would be restored.

Read more: Storm Arwen: How many homes remain without power and what's being done

Read more: Storm Arwen: Direction of wind behind damage in Scotland, says Deputy First Minister

Andrew spoke to Shelagh from Bishop Auckland to reiterate the anger of those left high and dry by a slow response to the disaster.

"As it stands now, I still don't know when we're getting power" he declared, sharing concern for his children who come home from school every day to a house without power.

He declared that he hadn't heard any information at all from the council or any authority, branding it "really unacceptable."

"If it went on until Christmas, you'd have to move out" Shelagh said, taking aim at the government by concluding "you can't leave people in that situation."

More Shelagh Fogarty News

See more More Shelagh Fogarty News

Russia not 'dumb enough' to invade Ukraine - former British ambassador

Russia not 'dumb enough' to launch full-scale Ukraine invasion - ex-ambassador

Exclusive
Dr Konstancja Duff was strip-searched by the Met Police.

'Humiliated' lecturer tells LBC Met Police are 'pathetic' for 'degrading' strip-search

'I just think Boris Johnson should go': Yvette Cooper slams PM in scathing attack

'I just think Boris Johnson should go': Yvette Cooper slams PM in scathing attack

No10 officers feared 'snooping' accusations if they acted on partygate, ex-top cop says

No10 officers feared 'snooping' accusations if they acted on partygate, ex-top cop says

'They're all murderers': Caller's shocking Islamophobia experience

'They're all murderers': Caller's shocking Islamophobia experience

Headteacher tells LBC of more than £67,000 increase in her school's energy bills

Headteacher tells LBC of more than £67,000 increase in her school's energy bills

Governance 'undermined' by No10 'survival' culture, Shad. Chief Treasury Sec tells Shelagh Fogarty

Governance 'undermined' by No10 'survival' culture, Shad Chief Treasury Sec tells Shelagh Fogarty

Shelagh Fogarty's devastating takedown of Boris Johnson partygate denial

Shelagh Fogarty's devastating takedown of Boris Johnson partygate denial

'Morally inept' NDA practice in uni sex cases must be scrapped, Minister insists

'Morally inept' uni sex case NDAs must be scrapped, Minister demands

Partygate scandal: 'I will never vote Conservative again,' caller says

Partygate scandal: 'I will never vote Conservative again,' passionate caller says

Ex-Met standards boss defends lack of No10 party investigations

Ex-Met standards boss defends lack of No10 party investigation

Tory MP Sir Roger Gale tells LBC party has to replace Boris Johnson as leader

Tory MP Sir Roger Gale tells LBC Boris Johnson has to be replaced as leader

Shelagh Fogarty's passionate clash with caller defending No10 party

Shelagh Fogarty's passionate clash with caller defending Number 10 party

Pavan Sagoo passed away in the same month Downing Street held a party for staff.

Mum who lost daughter, 14, during May 2020 lockdown too devastated to say the PM's name

Cladding crisis: Caller facing bankruptcy and 'fighting it every single day on credit cards'

Cladding crisis: Caller fighting bankruptcy 'every single day on credit cards'

Colston's Girls' School ex-pupil reveals 'inappropriate' rituals to slave trader

Colston's Girls' School ex-pupil reveals 'inappropriate' rituals to slave trader