Power returned to all after wild storm

Karen Melville
Karen Melville
Residents across the Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago areas rejoiced yesterday, as power was restored to properties affected by a chaotic storm.

About 4500 homes and businesses were left powerless after the wild weather downed trees and power lines in the region on Wednesday.

Aurora Energy external relations adviser Karen Melville confirmed on Thursday night that all but 16 customers in Ettrick and Makarora had their power restored.

''Aurora Energy would like to acknowledge and thank all our contractors for their outstanding efforts in difficult conditions to clear trees and repair damage, often in inaccessible areas.''

Power was eventually restored to all but three properties in Ettrick by noon yesterday, and they were expected to have power before the evening ended.

The Glenorchy township was supplied by a back-up generator until crews repaired faults in the Bobs Cove area on Thursday.

About 140 customers in the wider area around the township remained without power, until the network supply was repaired later that evening.


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