Cable hit by fallen branch
A ROAD was closed after the limb of a tree came down on a power line in snow and high winds.
Firefighters and electricians were called to Back Lane, Plympton St Maurice, after fears the high-voltage cable would be cut.
A fire crew from Plympton found a pole was damaged and the cable was in the road.
The scene was cordoned off so workers from Western Power Distribution could make the repair.
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A company spokesman said ten customers were taken temporarily off the supply while the work was done.
The incident happened at about 7am yesterday and is the latest in a series of problems involving trees and power lines in the road, say residents.
"This has happened several times," said Tim Quinn, who lives in Back Lane. "I have seen a power line down on the ground with sparks coming out.
"Somebody is going to be really badly injured some time."
Although the cable was not cut this time, the branch that fell was "big enough to have killed somebody," he added.
Solicitors Howard and Over have written to the land owners, believed to be a property company in the city, on the residents' behalf urging "immediate action to eliminate the danger".
Mr Quinn, a solicitor who works for the law firm, said if the company failed to respond they could face an injunction.