He insisted, however, that the network was capable of absorbing peak demands, although he said that there were still some problematical areas such as the north of Ibiza and Majorca. His comments will be welcomed in Alaro, where an overload on Tuesday caused problems in 15 flats and gave one woman an electric shock, although she was not seriously hurt. It took Gesa nine hours to repair the fault. A spokesman later said that it was caused by a lorry which was asphalting the street and hit one of the cables. Last year, the entire island suffered a blackout which lasted for more than six hours at the end of July, when demand broke the record for the eighth time that month. And just one day after service was restored, demand rose yet again. So despite Cardona's assurances, bar and restaurant owners, who lost a lot of stock and custom on that occasion, are still a little sceptical.
The traders in the Calle San Miguel are happy, however, because yesterday, Gesa backed down on its decision to cut electricity in the San Miguel area of Palma between 10am and 1.30pm in order to carry out repairs. The power cut lasted just half an hour instead. The traders association had slammed the decision to cut power for an entire morning as inacceptable because of the effect it would have had on sales.
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