Restoration effort ramps up
Powerco has ramped up resources in the effort to restore power to customers whose supply was cut in the ferocity of ex-Cyclone Gita.
Field crews from throughout the North Island have arrived in Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatu to assist with the restoration effort.
Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said more than 200 people were now working on getting power restored, with the majority in the worst hit Taranaki region.
“We have had the chance today to assess the extent of the damage to the network. It is extensive, particularly in coastal and southern Taranaki.
“Dozens of power poles and numerous lines were brought down overnight Tuesday. We are making progress at getting power back on, but some customers will unfortunately still be without power overnight.
“Thank you for your patience. We understand how frustrating being without power is and we are working as hard as we can to get supply back on as safely and quickly as possible.”
By 4pm today, power had been restored to more than 17,000 properties.
Customers still without power included 7405 in Taranaki, 741 in the Whanganui region and 550 in Manawatu.
At the height of the storm, there were about 26,000 Powerco customers without power, with lines, transformers and poles all affected.
“To help us get the power back on, please look up and check if the service line to your property is damaged. If it is, go to Powerco’s power cut webpage powerco.co.nz/about-us/power-cuts-page/ for more information,” Mr Marsh said.