Power cut hits 20,000 Kapiti customers
‘‘It’s a big deal for us.’’
A fallen tree, a car crash and faulty equipment have combined to cut power to about 20,000 Kapiti customers in the past week.
There have been three major outages. The biggest, when a tree collapsed on to powerlines in Valley Rd, Paraparaumu, on Saturday night, affected 13,811 customers from Paekakariki to Paraparaumu Beach.
About half that number were affected again on Tuesday evening when a binder, which holds the line on top of the insulator, failed.
A car collided with a power pole on Reikorangi Rd on Thursday night, affecting about 1000 customers in the vicinity.
Power has been restored to all homes affected by the outages.
Electra chief executive Neil Simmonds said about half its customers had been affected, and it was unusual to have three major outages in a month, let alone a week.
‘‘That’s like a third of a year’s worth of customer outage minutes,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s a big deal for us.’’
Paraparaumu residents Bill and Helen Lambert were among those affected by the Saturday outage.
‘‘You couldn’t see a light anywhere, except for one lighted window. They were using a candle or a torch,’’ Bill said.
Helen’s laptop charger and Bill’s transistor radio were both damaged and no longer work. It cost $126 to have the laptop examined, but it was not worth replacing under their insurance plan.
‘‘If it had damaged Helen’s computer or my computer or the TV, it would have been worthwhile putting in a claim,’’ he said.
He missed the first half of the Hurricanes’ win over the Crusaders, but the power was back on for the second half.
‘‘If we’d been able to watch the first half and it cut out in the second half, that would have really annoyed me.’’