Durham University makes housing available to people without electricity after Storm Arwen

People who remain without power six days after Storm Arwen wreaked havoc in the northeast have been offered temporary shelter by Durham University.

The institution was approached by Durham City MP Mary Kelly Foy and was able to provide eight apartments for accommodation.

The apartments can accommodate up to six people and have a separate kitchen and living room.

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On social media, Ms Foy said: “After a conversation with Durham University last night, they kindly allocated 8 apartments for up to 6 people with separate kitchens and living rooms to residents without electricity.

“Call Durham County Council as soon as possible on 03000 260 0000 if you would like more information.”

City of Durham MP Mary Foy
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Durham Pro-Vice Chancellor Jeremy Cook said the university is proud to be part of the County Durham community.

He said, “At Durham University, we are proud to be a part of the community of our city, county and region. We are excited to be able to help those affected by Storm Arwen by providing them with up to eight apartments as temporary accommodation, just as we did for critical workers at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Accommodation requests will be managed by Durham County Council. “

According to the county council, this is part of larger efforts to support residents still in need six days after the storm after a major incident was declared Thursday evening.

The council said the decision was made because Northern Powergrid is not yet able to say when supply will be restored to all properties in County Durham.

Welfare checks by a number of agencies were carried out on residents who were affected, with bottled water and other essentials provided.

In addition, hot food trucks visited affected communities and the council offered support through its community locations.

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