Hundreds of rural Cantabrians have been reconnected to their power today, more than a week after gale force winds struck the area.
Of the 28,000 customers whose power was cut off last Tuesday, 500 remain disconnected, electricity company Orion said.
"It is a time-consuming process getting power back on to the remaining customers, as the repairs we are doing now affect only a few customers at a time,'' chief operating officer John O'Donnell said.
"However, we are making good steady progress and I can assure all customers that remain without power that we are working as quickly and safely as possible.''
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Contractors from around the country arrived today to help in reconnecting those customers still without power, he said.
This morning, about a thousand customers were without power.