Severe weather: Update 11

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Powerco contractors have reconnected a further 130 properties today as they chip away at numbers left without power as a result of the weekend's torrential rain and flooding.

Powerco Acting Network Operations Manager Dean Stevenson said around 270 customers in Whanganui and Taranaki were still cut off.

“The bulk is in the Waitotara hinterland where damage to roads continues to pose access problems.  We are working closely with Civil Defence on access problems and identifying which customers were most in need.”

Power has been restored to the Waitotara township which was evacuated on Saturday night.

Several pockets within Whanganui, along with customers in Strathmore, Whakamara and Tangahoe Valley remain without supply. At the height of the storm more than 6000 lost power.

Mr Stevenson said predicted fine weather over the next 2-3 days will help contractors in their task to restore full supply.

“We understand how important it is for these customers to have their power back on and we are doing everything possible to ensure it happens as soon as possible.”

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

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