High winds play havoc with power supply

Delta staff repaired the fault. Photo: Gregor Richardson
Photo: ODT files

Power hsa been restored to Kelvin Heights after high winds brought down a power line,  cutting power to about 1000 customers. 

Delta line crews have been working to restore power at several sites as high winds batter Central Otago. 

Power has been restored to most customers in the Waikerikeri Valley and all but one in the Queensberry/Tarras area, while work continues to restore service to  the Lower Shotover area after a tree came into contact with an overhead line.

Another tree caused problems in the Hillview Road area, Alexandra.

As severe winds continue,  people are urged to be prepared for the possibility of electricity-related hazards and power outages. In particular:

  • Always keep well clear of fallen power lines or damaged electrical equipment and treat them as live at all times
  • Watch out for falling tree branches as these can cause damage to power lines
  • Switch appliances off at the wall to avoid possible damage to electrical appliances when power is restored
  • Be prepared for power outages. Make sure you have adequate food supplies, warm clothing and bedding, torch and spare batteries, battery radio and an alternative source of heating and cooking.
  • People using medical equipment that relies on electricity should ensure they are prepared for power disruptions and if there is an immediate health threat, contact their health provider or call 111.

To report downed power lines, contact Delta on 0800 433-582. 

To report a loss of power, please contact your electricity retailer.

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