Around 2000 Canterbury households are starting a sixth day
without power this morning after last week's storm.
Lines company Orion said this morning that 1000 customers had
power restored yesterday, bringing the number yet to be
reconnected to below 2000.
Most without power are in the rural community west of
Christchurch, said Orion chief executive Rob Jamieson.
Gale winds on Tuesday night last week originally knocked out
power to 28,000 customers.
"We hope to restore electricity to the majority of remaining
customers without power today, with the residual customers
having their power restored tomorrow," Mr Jamieson said.
"Many of the repairs only affect a few customers but still
take many hours to complete."
Contractors from throughout the South Island and Wellington
had been helping with repairs.
"The patience and support of those without power is also much
appreciated during what must have been a tough week," Mr
Residents using generators were asked to have them installed
by registered electricians to ensure the safety of the
linesmen repairing the network.