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Cancellation of Planned Power Outages due to Severe Weather

21 July 2017
A severe weather warning is in place for Dunedin and Central Otago. The extreme weather has caused some planned power outages to be cancelled today and all planned power outages to be cancelled tomorrow.

Areas which would have been affected by planned outages tomorrow include Cromwell and South Dunedin.

These planned power outages will be rescheduled and electricity retailers will be notified at least ten working days in advance.

Regular updates on our website and Facebook page will be provided as the situation develops.

Keep safe

As severe weather approaches, customers should be ready for the possibility of unplanned power outages. We understand the inconvenience that service interruptions cause and we will be working hard to restore power to affected customers as soon as is safely possible. The safety of the public and line crews is of primary importance at all times. People should be prepared for the possibility of electricity-related hazards and unplanned 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
  • If a power outage occurs, 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.