Thousands of rural Cantabrians remain without power, and many
will not be reconnected until Tuesday, electricity company
Four thousand customers from areas including Springfield,
Darfield and Greendale have been without power since gale
force winds struck the area last week.
At its peak, 28,000 customers lost their power after the
"We are continuing to move in an east to west direction to
restore supply to affected customers," Orion chief executive
Rob Jamieson said.
"Our priority remains to reconnect the areas with the most
customers first. We are also continuing to work with Selwyn
District Council to prioritise water supplies."
Many lines remained damaged and as linesmen worked through
the network repair new damage continued to be found.
"As a result some customers will unfortunately be without
power for a few more days. We now hope that we can get power
back onto all customers by Tuesday," Mr Jamieson said.
All available crews were working to restore power as quickly
and safely as they could, he said.
Residents were asked to contact Orion if they discovered a
fallen power line, or a tree on a power line.
"We appeal for people not to try and remove trees and
branches from power lines. Please leave any works near
electricity lines to our staff and contractors," Mr Jamieson
Meanwhile, while the worst of the storm has passed over the
country, a band of rain was still moving across the Auckland
Heavy rain drenched the area yesterday and the continued
falls today could lead to isolated areas of surface or minor
flooding, and an elevated risk of coastal slips,
The rain was expected to ease after midnight.