Downed hydro pole blamed for southwest-end power outage

London power outage, February 18, 2020. (Photo via London Hydro website)

A power outage that left hundreds of Londoners in the dark early Tuesday morning is believed to have been caused by a downed hydro pole on Exeter Road.

More than 2,000 London Hydro customers were affected by the power outage, including 1,700 homes and businesses in the Lambeth area. The loss of electricity forced the Thames Valley District school board to close Lambeth Public school for the day.

Scattered outages were also reported in the Longwoods and White Oaks areas.

Electricity was lost shortly before 5 a.m. after a hydro pole on Exeter Road, west of White Oak Road came crashing down to the pavement.

Early reports indicated the pole had been struck by a vehicle. However, London police have since said officers found no indication that the incident was caused by a crash.

“It could have been environmental,” said Constable Sandasha Bough. “All that we know is that a hydro pole came down, there were power outages throughout the area, it has since been repaired and everything has been reopened.”

London Hydro restored power to the affected areas around 9 a.m.