Storm chaos in Wairoa

Gisborne escapes relatively unscathed but around Wairoa crews working to restore power and clear roads

Gisborne escapes relatively unscathed but around Wairoa crews working to restore power and clear roads

SLIPPING AWAY: A new slip on the Tiniroto Road near Doneraille Park. Picture by Michelle Dale

MORE than 500 houses in rural Wairoa are still isolated and without power after the storm this week, but other than having limited options to leave the district, Gisborne got through without many problems.

Eastland Network crews were out first thing this morning to continue repairing multiple faults around Wairoa.

Yesterday's wild weather cut power to 539 homes, and many homes are cut off by trees and slips.

Lines are down in Marumaru and Tiniroto roads, but teams hope to have power restored by lunchtime today.

In Waihua Valley, Waihua, Raupunga, Mohaka and Kotemaori trees have come down on lines, and a pole is down.

Serious faults with trees across lines and poles down have affected Rangiahua, Ardkeen, Piripaua, Waihi, Putere, Willow Flat, Kakariki, Cricklewood, Ruapapa, Waihi Dam and Hereheretau.

An Eastland Network spokeswoman said several roads are still closed, making access difficult in some areas.

Treat all lines as live and for updates watch Eastland Network’s Facebook page.

For questions or to report a fault, call 0800 206 207.

State Highway 38 from Frasertown to Lake Waikaremoana was still closed this morning.

Wairoa District Council’s website has a long list of closed rural roads.

Expect delays at the Waioeka Gorge as only one lane is open.

MORE than 500 houses in rural Wairoa are still isolated and without power after the storm this week, but other than having limited options to leave the district, Gisborne got through without many problems.

Eastland Network crews were out first thing this morning to continue repairing multiple faults around Wairoa.

Yesterday's wild weather cut power to 539 homes, and many homes are cut off by trees and slips.

Lines are down in Marumaru and Tiniroto roads, but teams hope to have power restored by lunchtime today.

In Waihua Valley, Waihua, Raupunga, Mohaka and Kotemaori trees have come down on lines, and a pole is down.

Serious faults with trees across lines and poles down have affected Rangiahua, Ardkeen, Piripaua, Waihi, Putere, Willow Flat, Kakariki, Cricklewood, Ruapapa, Waihi Dam and Hereheretau.

An Eastland Network spokeswoman said several roads are still closed, making access difficult in some areas.

Treat all lines as live and for updates watch Eastland Network’s Facebook page.

For questions or to report a fault, call 0800 206 207.

State Highway 38 from Frasertown to Lake Waikaremoana was still closed this morning.

Wairoa District Council’s website has a long list of closed rural roads.

Expect delays at the Waioeka Gorge as only one lane is open.

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