I received this from the education department at Renfrewshire Council.
Subject: Fw: Schools/weather
Date: Thu, Dec 5, 2013 9:47 AM
Robert has passed me your email. I can confirm that all schools in Renfrewshire are open this morning. There has been some travel disruption and there is an issue with water in the Erskine area which Scottish Water are working on. A number of parents have chosen not to send their children to school.
Please let me know if you require any further information.
Head of Resource Services
Scottish Water have also issued this:
Customers in Renfrewshire experiencing disruption to supply. PA1, PA2, PA5, PA6, PA8, PA11, PA14, G60 and G81 https://www.scottishwater.co.uk/contact-us/current-service-updates …
ScottishPower is currently responding to a number of weather related incidents across central and southern Scotland due to the severe gale force winds today. Wind speeds of over 85mph have been recorded in a number of areas. Currently around 20,000 homes are without power across the network area.
The biggest issue affecting the electricity network has been uprooted trees and other debris blown on to overhead power lines, which has caused damage and brought down the power lines in some areas. While the wind speeds remain high, it is also difficult for engineers to work at height to fix overhead lines.
The areas worst affected by electricity supply problems currently are Lanarkshire, (over 7000) Ayrshire (over 3000) and the Lothians (over 3000).
ScottishPower has around 500 operational staff working to fix faults caused by the severe weather conditions. The company cancelled all non-essential maintenance work, and has drafted in extra engineers from England in order to help with the emergency response.
The company will do all that it can to restore supplies as quickly as possible. However, a number of roads and bridges have been blocked and closed by fallen trees which could restrict access in certain locations, and where wind speeds remain high engineers will not be able to climb poles and work at height.
If any constituents wish to contact ScottishPower to report a fault please ask them to contact SP Energy Networks Emergency Customer Contact Number – 0845 27 27 999
If you have any specific concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0141 566 4866 / 07753 622254 or my colleague Tom Williamson on 0141 614 2002 / 07921 897 883
Head of UK Government Affairs