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Lesser Poland. The power outages after the snowstorm have been cleared. The difficulties lasted a week

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All power failures in Małopolska have already been removed – informed Tauron Dystrybucja. Residents of some towns had no electricity for nearly a week because of a snowstorm that tore off branches and knocked over entire trees on Friday, January 20, damaging power poles and power lines.

It took almost a week to remove all the failures that appeared on Friday (January 20) as a result of sudden rainfall of wet, heavy and sticky snow. On Friday, January 27, Tauron Dystrybucja informed that the work related to restoring electricity has been completed and there are no more residents who do not have power due to weather conditions.

Read also: Weather forecast for the winter holidays 2023. Where will the snow fall?

Tauron Dystrybucja announces further repair works

As Ewa Groń, the spokeswoman for Tauron Dystrybucja, informed, in terms of network damage, some of the circuits have been secured or put into operation in order to supply customers as soon as possible, and in the coming days it will be necessary to return to these places to perform more complex earthworks and construction works.

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– About a thousand power engineers worked in the field during those days to repair the network – noted Groń.

Power failures in MałopolskaTVN24

200,000 customers were without power

As a result of the snowstorm, which tore off branches and toppled entire trees, poles and power lines were downed. Throughout Poland, 200,000 customers were without electricity at a critical moment. In Małopolska alone, 108,000 customers lacked power.

Problems occurred in many towns – single buildings in cities, as well as significant areas of some villages, were affected by the blackout a few days after the weather breakdown. The authorities of some communes – for example Skawina – due to the difficult situation power generators were involved in the aid activities. The devices were distributed to homes where people who need a ventilator or other life support equipment live.

This is important because the lack of power supply for such people can end in tragedy. Just like on the night from Friday to Saturday, when the oxygen concentrator stopped working in Wawrzka near Nowy Sącz due to a power outage. A 70-year-old woman connected to it died.

Without electricity, the oxygen concentrator stopped working, firefighters with oxygen fell into a snowdrift. 70-year-old woman died (video from January 21, 2023)KP PSP Nowy Sacz

On Saturday (January 21), the fire brigade intervened more than 4,500 times in connection with the snowfall, said Brigadier Karol Kierzkowski, spokesman for the State Fire Service. A PSP spokesman said three rescuers were injured while removing fallen trees. This happened in the Śląskie, Lubelskie and Pomorskie voivodships.

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