Media Release: Stay clear of downed power lines
Please - stay away from downed power lines and don’t approach, or remove vegetation or objects caught in lines.
That’s the message from WEL Networks who has field crews on high alert in preparation for expected heavy rain and high winds over the next two days which could cause damage to its network.
Chief Executive, Garth Dibley, says WEL has line and vegetation crews ready to assist around the region if required.
He says, “Residents can help to reduce possible damage to the network by tying down backyard gear to limit the chance of flying objects striking power lines. For example trampolines and outdoor furniture could become airborne and get tangled in power lines during extremely high winds."
“We are asking staff to work in challenging situations. If their safety is compromised in any way they will make the site safe and return at a later time to complete repairs. We apologise for the inconvenience this might cause for our residents but the safety of staff will be highest priority at all times.”
If you have any concerns regarding the electricity network please call WEL Networks on 0800 800 935.
To stay updated on power outages visit www.wel.co.nz.