Massive effort to restore power to properties
Power was restored to more than 9000 properties since the storm hit the country last week but it's the last 900 that Powerco crews are focused on now.
Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said today and tomorrow would be a huge day for crews in the rural and remote areas around the Taihape and Rangitikei area.
“Helicopters are delivering more than 70 poles and kilometres of line into the Central Plateau area where roads are inaccessible. Crews will drive where they can but they’ll be flown in as well if necessary.
“We are hoping for the bulk of the remaining customers to be up and running in the next few days. There may be still some pockets that will take longer but they will be contacted by either Powerco or a local council representative.”
He said customers could help them 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.”
More than 200 field staff were working across the network. “The damage is scattered across large areas which intensifies the challenges for our crews.”
People must stay well clear of from downed lines and call emergency services on 111 or Powerco’s emergency line on 0800 27 27 27 immediately.
Customers should contact their electricity retailer for information about power cuts rather than calling Powerco’s emergency line.