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Crews in top gear as the weather brightens

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Powerco crews were out at first light today to continue their efforts to get customers' power restored across the storm damaged Western region.

About 3000 still remained without supply last night but Powerco Operations Manager Phil Marsh expects good progress to be made in light of the more settled weather today.

“We have crews out in affected areas and we have been able to get some helicopters in the sky to remote areas, not accessible by road, to survey the damage so we can see what we need to do.

“This weather certainly helps but we still have some damage to our high voltage network that needs to be repaired before we can restore power to households,” he said.

Areas where customers are still without power include Wairarapa 249, Manawatu 524, Whanganui 80, Taranaki 411 and Rangitikei (which includes Marton, Taihape, Waiouru and Raetihi) 1800 .

“We hope to reduce those numbers significantly today but some pockets of remote areas, especially in the Central Plateau may remain without power a little longer. We appreciate that it is frustrating but please be assured our teams are working very hard to get full power restored to those affected.”

Mr Marsh urged people to remain wary of downed lines. Any one 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 for information on outages which has been clogging our emergency lines. They need to call their retailer or check our faults page at www.powerco.co.nz for outage details."

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