Thursday, April 17, 2014

High winds and falling trees have torn down power lines at hundreds of sites across the North Island and Powerco is urging people to keep themselves and their children well clear until they are repaired.

Powerco acting Electricity Operations Manager Phil Marsh said Powerco was mindful that the school holidays commence tomorrow and there are lines down across the country.

“Powerco’s message to parents is keep your children indoors and if you discover downed power lines treat them as live at all times, stay well clear and call 111 or Powerco’s emergency number 0800 272727.”

Mr Marsh said Powerco was aware of more than 350 sites with lines down across its networks but the Company was well prepared with more than 240 staff working on the repair effort.

“There are currently around 25,000 customers on Powerco’s networks across the North Island without supply and more than half of these power cuts could have been avoided if tree owners had trimmed or felled trees growing near power lines which is frustrating.”

Region Customers without power
Manawatu 9300
Taranaki 1900
Wairarapa 20
Wanganui 3000
Western Bay of Plenty, Tauranga 6700
Coromandel, Hauraki Plains, South Waikato 4000

Powerco publishes full details of areas affected and restoration times on its website

Click here for information about keeping safe around fallen power lines.

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