Hundreds still without power

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Snowfall: Queenstown bay this morning

Hundreds of people remain without power following yesterday’s heavy dumping of snow in the Queenstown area.

All roads apart from the Glenorchy Road are now open, with the Queenstown Lakes District Council urging people to take care while driving.

The Glenorchy Rd will be assessed at 9am.

According to Aurora Energy’s website, 360 customers in Glenorchy, 270 at Arthurs Point, 73 at Lower Shotover and Speargrass Flat, and 69 at Frankton are still without power
About 15cm settled in some suburbs of Queenstown.

The heavy snow, which began early yesterday and continued until about noon, loaded tree branches, bringing some down on to power lines and others across roads.

Crews from lines company Aurora Energy battled “extreme conditions” throughout the day to restore power to 3000 properties.

But at 5.30pm yesterday, 1436 households were told to prepare “to be without power overnight”.

According to Aurora’s website, power is expected to be reconnected about noon today.