North Canterbury power outage – Day Four

Update on progress day four of restoring electricity supply to the region, following Monday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

While the number of residents without power is decreasing daily, the enormity of the task ahead in restoring electricity supply to the region should not be underestimated. MainPower Chief Executive Bruce Emson spent time in the Hurunui yesterday and witnessed first-hand the damage to the region.

“Decreasing outage numbers certainly don’t reflect the scale of the devastation out in the field. The effort of our field staff is outstanding in some very challenging conditions. I spoke with many in the community who passed on their gratitude for our effort and energy in restoring power to the region. The task ahead however is significant,” added Emson.

Access to isolated areas is improving however ground conditions are causing some challenges. The immediate priority is making a safe supply of electricity available to communities. Long term repair work will be required once the full scale and scope of damage is assessed.

Current areas without electricity supply include the wider Kaikoura District (680 customers) and Hurunui District (182 customers).

MainPower staff are completing visual checks of properties prior to restoring power. If power hasn’t been restored to homes, it could be due to damage which makes re-livening unsafe. When returning home, residents are asked to contact MainPower immediately if they notice any damage – phone 0508 60 70 80.