Severe weather 1.45pm update

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Powerco is making progress restoring power to customers in Wairarapa and Manuawatu.

High winds have brought trees down across overhead lines, cutting power on parts of Powerco’s electricity network since Friday evening.

Field crews have been busy working to repair the damage as quickly and safety as possible.

Powerco Acting Network Operations Manager Dean Stevenson said 4500 properties had lost power due to the high winds over the weekend. There were currently around 400 properties without supply. Of these, 150 were in Tararua and 280 in Wairarapa.

“We are expecting supply to be restored to the majority of customers by tonight. However, severe weather is forecast later today so there could be more power cuts.”

He said high winds had made it too dangerous for field staff to work on parts of the network in Tararua yesterday. Remote areas in Wairarapa were proving difficult to access today, delaying restoration efforts for a small number of customers.

“These properties face having no power overnight. We are doing all we can to restore supply and additional crews are helping repair the network damage.”

He warned there had been several incidents of power lines falling to the ground.

“Stay away from any downed power lines and treat them as live at all times. Call Powerco’s emergency number 0800 272727.”

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