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A Delta truck that had not fully lowered its mounted crane took out overhead power and phone lines in Corstorphine, Dunedin, yesterday.
In a statement, a Delta spokesman said six houses in Riselaw and Corstorphine Rds were affected by the incident, about noon.
''Delta [worked] with urgency ... to restore power ... to affected consumers. Delta sincerely regrets the inconvenience to those affected.
''We will investigate exactly what occurred and what steps we need to take to avoid a repeat in future.''
He said as far as he knew, power was restored by about 6pm.
But an angry resident, who preferred not to be named, told the Otago Daily Times he had been notified his phone line would be out of service for up to 72 hours. He said the company had given ''no explanation'' of why repairs would take that long.
Firefighters from Lookout Point station attended but were only required to direct traffic.
Dunedin police were notified but were not required.