Power has been restored to the township of Mangaweka today, although some rural and remote areas remain without power again tonight.
Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said the immense damage in the area had meant the Central Plateau remained the worst affected area.
About 800 customers in the Central Plateau remained without power and it could take a few more days to restore supply to some very rural customers.
“The complexity of the damage to more than 50 poles and kilometres of downed lines has meant work is slower than we anticipated.”
He said an additional 220 field crew members had been brought in to help with the restoration efforts.
“Crews have been working extremely hard in difficult conditions.”
Most of the repairs have been carried out in Palmerston North and Taranaki today, and once completed, these crews will be deployed to the Central Plateau.
There are 1300 customers across Powerco’s network area still without power tonight. Work on restoring supply will continue into the night and again at first light tomorrow.
Mr Marsh urged people to remain wary of downed lines. Anyone coming across downed lines should keep well clear of them and call emergency services on 111 or Powerco on 0800 27 27 27 immediately.
“Use these numbers for emergency calls only. People have been calling our 0800 number for information on power cuts which clogs our emergency lines. Please call your retailer or check our faults page at www.powerco.co.nz for power cut information.”
If customers have part-power or no power, especially when neighbours do have supply, it is important they contact their electricity retailer.