10 Mar 2009

Power back on in Levin

10:09 pm on 10 March 2009

Power has been restored in the Horowhenua town of Levin after freak winds brought trees down on electricity lines on Tuesday night.

Power to about 5000 homes was lost just after 6pm after high winds roared through northern and eastern Levin, felling trees and bringing down two crucial supply lines.

A spokesperson for lines company Electra, John Fallon, says both lines are back up and power should be on in most homes.

Levin Mayor Brendan Duffy says council workers remain on standby in case they are needed.

A fire caused when the trees hit power lines is under control.