October 9, 2008

Power Back on in Region

The electricity supply company, Powerco, says there are just a handful of Manawatu people still without power, and it expects to get them back on-line today.

"There are perhaps a dozen clients without power today. Yesterday there were 1200, but we have fixed the major faults and there are just a few left," company spokesman Neil Holdem said.

There were 6000 customers left without power after severe weather lashed the North Island yesterday causing widespread damage to power lines from Taranaki through Manawatu to Wairarapa. Powerco network operations manager Ross Dixon said the company still has around 400 customers off, primarily in Taranaki and Wairarapa.

He said with the majority of the large faults repaired, crews were now restoring supply to isolated customers. Powerco is New Zealand's second largest electricity and gas distribution utility with around 400,000 consumers.

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