Having read about these things, and seen photos of the type of damage seen and the extended outage time, I feared the worst.
The box itself was taped off by Openreach the following day, power disconnected etc. The day after that a new FTTC cabinet (pre-populated) was driven to site but on winching off the old one it was found that some cables were severed, as were the optical fibres. This apparently necessitated cutting the tie cables and remaking all the joints (I saw the severed end when chatting to the engineers this morning, when they were about to start that work). My phone went off at this time.
At about 16:00 today (9th November), the blue light came back on and I was live again. It appears that around 40 homes remain to be reconnected.
So, for my part I lost BB service for about 70 hours, which I think in view of the damage involved, I think is a pretty good job by all concerned (which will have included the local electricity company who would have had to deal with the power issues).
In my case I only lost the phone service for about 6 hours, but for others it will have been three days.
Having read about this stuff, it was interesting to see how it was resolved, even if somewhat frustrating. Given the availability of a "spare" cabinet, then it points to a well defined process for dealing with such eventualities, and perhaps we were "lucky" in that the cabinet itself wasn't deemed to be in a particularly unsafe position (there were no lane closures and nothing much but a couple of warning signs). Of course, safety is a relative thing. The space the two OR engineers were occupying had been suddenly occupied by an errant 4WD vehicle less than three days before.
This is the thread on the local website
I'm grateful to be back online and for those that did the work. I'm slightly less grateful to the guy who apparently shot across the junction at speed (ignoring the give way sign) and caused this mayhem. Despite that, I hope he's not seriously hurt. Well, apart from his wallet.
Edited by TheEulerID (Wed 09-Nov-16 18:40:33)