Power cut hits shops, homes, hospital
Several north Stafford Street businesses, some homes, and parts of Timaru Hospital were left in the dark yesterday afternoon after a feeder cable at the Hunt St substation was damaged.
Eftpos machines, telephones and lights were off between 2pm and 3pm, making shopping difficult for many customers.
Traffic lights were affected and the Herald understands some shops at the north end of Stafford St closed because of the cut.
Sport Check shop assistant Jess Clark said the store tried to maintain business as usual.
"We stayed open but I had to send people to the ATM to get cash out," she said.
Alpine Energy chief executive Andrew Tombs said parts of Stafford St up to Ballantynes were affected, as well as some homes near the hospital, and parts of the hospital itself.
Power returned just after 3pm, about an hour earlier than the initial estimate of 4.30pm.
"We were able to find the cable fault pretty quickly and had power back on within the hour," Mr Tombs said.
"The power has been restored but the problem hasn't been fixed, but it should be straight forward and I'd expect it will be fixed by Wednesday evening."
He said Timaru Hospital has backup generators in case of power cuts, but had not heard if they had to be used on this occasion.
What caused the fault was unknown, but typically in these situations a third party has struck the cable.
"We should know more by [today]," Mr Tombs said.
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