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Powerline Safety Warning Issued After Second Gale In Two Months

15 October 2013

NEW ZEALAND – Cattlemen are being asked to be wary of fallen powerlines in the wake of the gale force winds that hit Canterbury over the weekend.

Another storm has battered the South Island only five weeks on from the previous gales. Power supplies have been cut and farmers have been advised to treat every fallen power line as live.

Members of Federated Farmers have been asked to report faults in power lines to speed repair and that tree safety is paramount, given the unstable weather.

Chris Allen, Federated Farmers Mid-Canterbury Provincial President said the organisation’s first objective was to, 'get a better handle on things so we can discuss farmer needs with the utilities and councils and also with our colleagues at the three Rural Support Trusts.’

He added: “On behalf of my colleagues, Ivon Hurst in South Canterbury and Lynda Murchison in North Canterbury, we are asking farmers to ring and leave details on Federated Farmers Adverse Events line - 0800 376 844. You do not have to be a member to leave details."

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