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Severe weather causes power cuts: Update 8

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Flooding and slips are blocking roads in Whanganui, Taranaki and Rangitikei, preventing field crews from accessing areas to restore power.

While Powerco made good progress restoring power today around 800 customers throughout those regions still face the night without supply.

Powerco Acting Network Operations Manager Dean Stevenson said the conditions were hampering efforts to get power back on in remote and flooded communities.

“As well as not being able to get to some areas, the damage to parts of the electricity network is significant. Power poles and transformers are submerged under water and slips have taken out whole sections of lines.”

He said crews are on standby ready to fix damaged sections of the network as soon as roads were cleared.

“As soon as we can get to these areas repairs will be made as quickly as possible. In some cases we won’t know the extent of the damage until we can have a closer look.”

Powerco urges people to stay well clear of any fallen power lines and phone Powerco’s emergency number 0800 272 727.

Customers should report faults to their energy retailers to help ensure all areas without power are identified

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