Overnight power outages to be fixed
Posted at 8:35am Saturday 06 Jan, 2018
Power is still out in many places across the Bay of Plenty as Powerco contractors fix the damages from yesterday's weather.
Colin Grey from Te Puna, says that he has had his power off since Thursday and hasn't heard from anyone when it will be turned back on.
"I have only just had my phones reconnected, so that I can contact my family to tell them I'm okay."
"It's quite a scary thing being disconnected from the outside world."
"I wouldn't dear touch the food in my fridge, as it has probably all gone off."
A SunLive reader says Oropi have had their power off all night and it is not expected to be back until later today.
“Oropi still has its power out and as most properties here are rural and run on pumps to get water, we have now had no running water since the power went out yesterday around 12.30.”
Another reader also said a few houses in the Papamoa hills were also without power overnight.
“Rockey Cutting Road in the Papamoa hills is still without power this morning. At least 60 homes have been affected.”
According to Powerco about 9000 customers were without power in the North Island, the majority being in Coromandel and Tauranga. Extra field crews have been brought in to cope with restoring supply.
While in the progress of restoring the supply another round of power cuts also affected the network, causing more delays.
Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh says it was difficult to estimate restoration times due to the vast number of power cuts.
“There are lines down in remote parts of the network that we didn't have access to inspect the situation yesterday.”
People must keep clear of all downed lines by at least 4m and call emergency services on 111 or Powerco on 0800 27 27 27 immediately.
“Our priority is making the network safe.”