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Field staff power through repairs after wintery blast

Monday, July 15, 2013

Powerco field staff have restored power to the vast majority of the 15,500 properties in Taranaki affected by power cuts following yesterday's wintery blast.

Winds of up to 140km/h caused trees to tear down more than 160 overhead lines throughout the region.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said field staff had worked tirelessly through difficult conditions to get power back on to properties.

“It’s the school holidays and Powerco was mindful there were households without heating and hot water. We’ve made great progress getting power back on today.” 

Mr Marsh said Powerco had called on additional field staff from other regions to assist in the clean-up and to help respond to new faults, mainly in the Stratford area. Crews would be working through the night to restore supply.

“Around 500 customers in Taranaki remain without supply and we expect to get power back to most people later this evening. A few isolated properties are likely to be without supply overnight.”

He said people still needed to stay well away from downed lines, and report them to Powerco on 0800 272 727.

“Power lines that have come down in the storm must be treated as live at all times.”

High winds also cut power to around 2500 properties in and around Whanganui yesterday afternoon, while snow caused power cuts in Taihape over the weekend. A total of about 80 households remain without power in these areas.

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