Hundreds still without power
Electrical worker's fall under investigationAL WILLIAMS
About 250 customers in South Canterbury are still without power, nearly a week after the wind storm.
Alpine Energy chief executive Andrew Tombs estimated 200 were still affected by low voltage outages and 50 by high voltage outages.
Contractors had alternated time off yesterday and today after completing 70 mandatory hours of work last week.
''After they've done 70 hours they've got to have a mandatory 24-hour break; we've split some crews. Some are off today and some were off yesterday.''
Crews from Waitaki, North Otago, Ashburton and the West Coast were still assisting, he said.
Mr Tombs said investigations are underway into what caused an electrical worker to sustain a 6600-volt shock and fall eight metres from a power pole east of the Clandeboye dairy factory, near Temuka, yesterday afternoon.
He had no more information to hand on the incident.
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