Power restored to occupied homes

Power has been restored to all of the occupied houses cut off in Wellington following last week's damaging storm.

Today there were fewer than 50 houses still without power and repair crews have reconnected all of them with the exception of a couple of vacant homes.

Where there was nobody at a disconnected house a call card was left for the owners to contact Wellington Electricity.

A few households have been supplied electricity via generators as work continues on safely fixing a secure connection.

More than 150 reinforcement workers were brought in from as far away as Hamilton, Thames, Whangarei, Tauranga, Hastings and Marlborough to help get faults fixed.

Repair crews found damage to the electricity network was much worse than anticipated. At its peak, 30,000 homes and businesses were without power.

A number of streets in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua were still affected earlier today.

"Unfortunately many of the repairs needed were extensive and required a tremendous amount of technical work to repair small numbers of customers at a time," a Wellington Electricity spokesman said.

The Dominion Post