BUSINESSES in the region have been counting the cost of power cuts caused by last week’s hurricane force winds.
Residents living in villages in Flintshire and Wrexham were the victims of electricity cuts as falling trees brought down power lines and affected business for a number of traders.
One of the area’s hotels was forced to cancel its Valentine’s night bookings.
Gaynor De Luchi, who owns the Hand Hotel in Llanarmon, said: “It was awful. The power went off at 4pm on Wednesday and didn’t come back on until 12.30pm on Saturday.
“The biggest loss for us was Valentine’s night, which after New Year is one of our busiest nights.
“We managed to keep the bar open all Thursday but the temperature was dropping.
“We had no heating and it wasn’t safe for the chef to cook on gas appliances.
“We couldn’'t expect people to move around in the gloom and thought it was best to take the decision early and cancel Valentine’s night.”
She told the Leader one positive was the help provided by others, saying: “One customer still had electric so let us have a generator for as long as we needed it.
“This meant we were able to run two fridges and a freezer and power the computer so we could still take bookings.”
Glyn Ceiriog was badly affected by the adverse weather as people went without electricity for nearly three full days.
Gilly Keen, who runs the post office in the village, said: “We kept the business open with candles and were able to make cups of tea for anyone who needed them.
“We also supplied torches. We looked after our neighbours next door, and it was also a case of making sure the elderly and the vulnerable were OK.
“The community spirit was brilliant,” she added. “It really did bring out the best in everybody.”
Chris Stevenson owns The Crown Inn at Lixwm, near Holywell.
But far from being adversely affected by the power outage, he said residents had come to the generator-powered pub to escape their lightless homes.
“We started the generators and although we weren’t able to cook food, the outage gave us more business so I didn't mind it too much.
“The power was out for a day but we saw an up-turn in trade so it didn’t really affect us badly.”
Lixwm-based steel fabricators J and M Davies and Sons also experienced a 24-hour power outage but John Davies said he was able to concentrate on work elsewhere until electricity was restored.
“We weren’t able to do much in the workshops but I put a generator on which helped.
“We were able to work elsewhere so I can't really complain.
“We haven’t lost out really.”
Some residents in Brynford, however, only got their electricity back on Sunday, five days after the outage began.
A shop owner in the village said: “I understand the power companies concentrated on the bigger faults, but that is small consolation to the people who were without power for so long here.”