Huge effort to restore power to properties
More than 700 Powerco customers had their electricity switched back on today as the network continued its recovery from the hammering it took in last week's storm.
Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said those figures could improve further as contractors return to base after working in some fairly remote areas.
“There are 600 across our western region still without power but we are confident we will make big inroads in to those numbers tomorrow,” he said.
“Our focus is to have the bulk of our customers reconnected in the next couple of days. The really remote areas, where access is still difficult, should be back on by the weekend.”
The Taihape, Waiouru and Kimbolton areas were where the worst damage occurred.
“Heavy lift helicopters will be used to bypass the roads that are blocked by slips. About 80 poles and 10km of line will be lifted in to areas cut off.”
He said customers could help by identifying any continuing issues.
“As we fix the main lines it is important that if customers have part power or no power, especially when neighbours do have supply, they contact their retailer.”
People should stay well clear of any downed lines and call emergency services on 111 or Powerco’s emergency line on 0800 27 27 27 if the still have safety concerns.
Customers should contact their electricity retailer for information about power cuts rather than calling Powerco’s emergency line.