Update 4 - Wind-related power outages in Otago: 11 March 2016, 11:30am

11 Mar 2016

Yesterday evening, severe winds cut power to electricity customers on the Aurora Energy network in parts of Dunedin and Central Otago. High winds caused damage to power lines and trees.

Delta crews responded overnight by restoring power where possible. Repair work recommenced this morning in daylight and crews are attending multiple sites. The safety of the public and line crews is of primary importance at all times.

We understand the inconvenience that service interruptions cause and we are working hard to restore power to remaining 1,800 customers as soon as possible. Power has been restored to more than 6,000 customers since last night.

The current status as at 11:30am is:

Dunedin

  • Power remains out for 823 customers on the Otago Pensinsula.
  • Power remains out for 481 customers in Outram.
  • Power remains out for 234 customers in Berwick.
  • Power remains out for 100 customers in East Taieri.
  • Power remains out for 79 customers in North East Valley.
  • Power remains out for 50 customers in Anderson’s Bay.
  • Power remains out for 30 customers in Aramoana.

Central Otago

  • All power is restored in Central Otago.

Keeping Safe

People should 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, please contact Delta on 0800 433 582.

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