Cold, dark night for some after power cut

Power has been restored to Outram this morning after residents were left in the cold and dark overnight following an outage in the township caused by yesterday's wild weather.

However, people living on Mt Cargill Rd are enduring a longer wait, as power is still out there, a resident reported around 1.20pm.

Many areas in the South experienced outages yesterday, with Outram and Waldronville among the hardest hit.

Outram resident Angela Young told ODT Online in an email early today.''It's 2am, freezing cold and still no power!'' she said.

Another resident, Benadette Hay, said her family managed to cope fairly well with the cut, which occurred about 3.30pm.

''We had plenty of candles ... and a coal range so business went on as usual. Lovely hot butter popcorn for afternoon tea and home made burgers for tea all cooked on the coal range.''

She said workmen were at the power pole outside later in the evening.

''They said they still hadn't been able to locate the fault and it was going to be a daylight job.''

Waldronville resident Gary Heaven said power was still out in Friendship Drive early this morning, and he was ''very pleased to have had a fire and gas hob overnight''.

He advised that the road between Waldronville and Green Island was still closed as at 7.15am.

Power was restored to Outram about 10.30am.

Meanwhile, MetService is predicting more miserable weather in the South today.

It says a ''significant cold outbreak'' is expected from this afternoon through to tomorrow morning.

This will be accompanied by gale-force south to southwest winds up to 120kmh in places.

Snow is expected to near sea level over parts of Southland and South Otago, including Dunedin with 10 to 15cm possibly accumulating above 300m, especially about the Catlins and lesser amounts down to 100 to 200 metres.






Report the fault and get comfy

Losing services for 24-48 hours must really bring home the misery that the poor people of Christchurch have had to endure for months, years. Some with issues still to be resolved. I guess at least the people that have lost power here, briefly, over the last few days haven't had to also contend with rain coming in through damaged rooves and water coming up through cracked floors.

Everyone should have a few extra emergency supplies on hand to ride out a couple of days. just in case. A little extra food, water, toilet paper, strong plastic bags, candles, matches and a bucket . . . with a lid, are a good start. The hard-working service repair guys who are out fixing things in the bad weather cannot be everywhere at once and need to take breaks to avoid having accidents.

First world problems

If I read this correctly the power went out at 3:30pm, 90 mins before dark. What is the power company expected to do? Do consumers expect them to put their staff at risk so that consumers can have power to keep themselves warm, whilst they write emails to the ODT at 2am?

Surely people living in this part of the world need to realise the limitations of what can be expected of the power company. What ever happened to accepting responibility for one's own situation? An alternate heating source, or maybe just going to bed?



Power cuts

The residents in Waldronville, especially Friendship Drive have no power and haven't since yesterday afternoon now being 2pm and still no power but also no home phone and now pump station in Waldronville not working... (due to no power) runs on electricity.... So no sewage.... and no one wants to know about it.. also the detours in place so have to either go Fairfield or up over Green Island bush road due to Waldronville road closed... 

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