About 85 high tension poles belonging to the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, were destroyed by heavy wind, during the down pour that occurred in Port Harcourt on Monday evening and early Tuesday morning
As a result, damaged poles with other associated materials, such as 150mm aluminum conductors spanning over 32,000 metres, several cross arms, among others, have thrown a cross section of Port Harcourt metropolis into darkness.
In the wake of the loss, two 33kv and five 11kv feeders namely; UST 33kv and Rumuola 33kv, were affected.
Others on 11kv were Rumuomoi, Federal, Wokoma, Bori Camp and Rumuola .
Reacting to the natural disaster that culminated to the loss of supply to the affected areas, the Acting Chief Executive Officer, PHED, Syed Taha appealed to the residents to exercise patience, while the damaged poles are being replaced.
He assured customers in the affected areas that the management would do everything possible to ensure early restoration of power supply despite thousands of naira that it would cost PHED to do so.
“It is regrettable that PHED is facing such a loss at this moment, due to natural disaster but I can guarantee that supply will be restored to the affected areas soonest, because we have taken stock of the extent of the damage and sourcing of materials for rehabilitation has started in earnest “, Taha assured.
In the same vein, the CEO empathized with the members of the public who may have lost one item or the other during the heavy rain.
However, he reminded the general public of the dangers of trading or erecting structures under high tension lines urging them to always obey safety rules especially during this raining season.