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Trees – stay vigilant and report issues

Auckland Emergency Management is reminding the public to be vigilant around trees across Auckland, as continued bad weather has left some trees unstable and susceptible to further damage.

Last week’s storm saw significant damage to trees across Auckland. Auckland Council arborists estimate most streets in the region saw some level of damage to trees on both public and private land.

More than 1000 fallen trees and large branches have already been cleared to make way for the restoration of power to more than 180,000 homes.

Auckland Emergency Management and Vector are concerned that further rain and strong winds could see more trees and branches fall if more bad weather strikes.

Anyone concerned by weakened or damaged trees on public land that are directly on or very close to power lines should call the council’s contact centre immediately on 09 301 0101.

People concerned about weakened or damaged trees on their own properties should contact an arborist as soon as possible.

Director Auckland Emergency Management John Dragicevich says, “In the meantime, our advice is to maintain a safe distance from damaged or weakened trees, and where it is safe to do so, keep vehicles away from areas of concern.”

With work to the main supply lines feeding electricity to suburbs almost complete, Vector is continuing to work 24/7 to restore power and/or hot water to individual customers affected by Tuesday night’s storm.

Auckland Emergency Management says the public should stay up-to-date with MetService for any weather updates and should take precautions and ensure they keep themselves safe.

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