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Many still without power after storm Dagmar
The storm, dubbed 'Dagmar', pummeled Sweden over Christmas.

Many still without power after storm Dagmar

Published: 01 Jan 2012 15:41 GMT+01:00
Updated: 01 Jan 2012 15:41 GMT+01:00

Many customers of Fortum power company, in central Sweden, were affected the worst, where more than 3,000 households are still without a functioning phone line.

Many were forced to welcome the new year by candlelight and by the night sky, illuminated by fireworks.

Inga and Hans Gilljam in Varberg, in south Sweden, were among those who finally got their power back, but by then it was too late to save their TV, freezer and refrigerator.

"The fridge and freezer don't work, the TV, a record player and a clock radio are ruined," Inga Gilljam told news agency TT.

"We sort of evacuated the food we had in the freezer to our friends and acquaintances on the second day [without power], the fridge we'll just have to do without. It's complicated but it works."

On the afternoon of New Year's Day, 250 of power giant Eon's subscribers in the storm affected areas were still without power, while Fortum had about 450 subscribers without power.

However, Fortum has promised to have power back at the very latest by Monday.

TT/Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

16:31 January 1, 2012 by jan.petras
So wait, electronics in Sweden get damaged if they are turned off for more than a day? Interesting... interesting indeed.
16:40 January 1, 2012 by isenhand
I suppose it's cheaper not to rush fixing things?
16:40 January 1, 2012 by voyager
could of been damaged by a power surge down the line, you would not know until the power came back on!
19:05 January 1, 2012 by Coaxen
@jan.petras: Actually, a voltage lower than normal can damage equipment, e.g. electric heaters.
21:41 January 1, 2012 by skogsbo
if the power goes off, it's always good practice to unplug everything except a few lights (so you know when it's back on). You can get devices to fit in series to protect equipment from spikes (but also drops) etc.. But it is a known fact that when the power comes back on there is a risk or damage and a very very small fire risk etc.
00:50 January 2, 2012 by Smokebox
Lazy people don't want to work over the holidays.
09:47 January 2, 2012 by johan rebel
Sweden's electricity grid is an embarrassment to a country that has been affluent for so long.

I grew up in dirt poor, war-ravaged, communist Poland. Never a power cut.
09:49 January 2, 2012 by Puffin

LOL - have you actually been out in the forests and seen how it looks with all of the trees and power cables down?
10:27 January 2, 2012 by Smokebox
@ puffin.

Yes I did. I drove up from Borlange to Norrland the day after Xmas. I saw many trees down. I didn't see any city/gov workers clearing or moving trees of the roads. I saw locals with chain saws cutting and moving trees of the road. I hear some houses still have no power.
11:02 January 2, 2012 by skogsbo
smokebox, that's because the job is usually too big for state run dept. it's always contracted out and landowners are responsible for their bit. Just a few km of land, could have hundreds of trees. To say it's a mammoth job, is no understatement.

It's not just the cutting though, it's the access through the forest and across marshes that takes time and logistics. A few days more without power is hardly the end of the world, no one will die, it's just inconvenient.

Many country folk travelling in high winds often carry a chainsaw in the boot, to fix their own problems along route. It's about accepting some responsibility and not expecting folk to do everything for you at the drop of a hat, especially during holidays.
06:48 January 3, 2012 by volvoman9
Having spent the majority of my life working in the electrical industry I can agree that some storms create logistics of a massive scale where restoration is concerned.

The problems with damaged electrical equipment have more to do with the antiquated distribution system found in most of Europe than anything else. Most of Europe relies on a delta distribution system instead of the Wye system found in much of North America. A Wye system clears faults more efficiently and is much safer to the public. Delta systems subjected to faults caused by single phasing or ground faults can result in damaging phase imbalance and erratic voltages. However Europe has a much more developed and sophisticated underground system which is less affected by storm damage.

Don't criticize the linemen until you have spent a few miserable long nights in the freezing wind ice and snow several meters off the ground dealing with these life threatening situations. It's never as easy at it seems. Access to modern conveniences are too often mistaken as a right rather than a privilege.
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