Biggest snowstorm in 50 years leaves parts of New Zealand’s North Island without electricity for nearly two weeks.
28 July 2017 – “The brutal snow dump hit on July 13 – the biggest seen in half a century, according to some,” says New Zealand website.
“Relief is in sight for those living in the snow-bound backblocks of northern Rangitikei as electricity supplier Powerco closes in on the last remaining cut-off homes.
“At the height of the storm, Taihape was cut off from the outside world and plunged into darkness.
“There are a considerable number of downed poles that need to be retrieved,” said a Powerco representative.
“Powerco was earlier forced to bring in a heavy-lift chopper to pick up flattened poles because roads were blocked.”
A snow plough clears the road in Rangitikei.
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