High winds cause further damage overnight

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Strong winds caused further damage to Powerco’s network overnight with about 8200 customers without power this morning.

More than half those are at Tairua where a fault on the feeder line to the town’s substation has left 4600 without supply.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said crews were currently trying to isolate the fault.

“Once we find the cause we can assess the damage and begin the restoration work,” he said.

A concerted effort was underway to tackle the massive task of repairing damage to poles and lines in Taranaki.

“Most of that happened as a result of strong winds and lightning early yesterday morning. We made significant progress getting people back on supply yesterday and by late afternoon had reduced the numbers without power from 12,000 to 3000.”

“But winds overnight caused further damage and 3400 are still off line.  There is a tremendous amount of repair work to be done in the Rahotu area where there are multiple reports of poles and lines down.”

He understood customer frustration and asked for patience as field crews went about their work.

“It will not be a quick fix given the extent of the damage but we are doing everything we can to restore power to as many people as we can today,” he said.

Our first priority is safety so we need anyone coming across damage to our network to call either the police or our emergency line 0800 272727.”

“Downed lines must be treated as live at all times and people should keep clear of them.”

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