Elektrilevi: Majority of problems caused by storm have been fixed

A worker with cables.
A worker with cables. Source: Karl-Erik Kumm/Elektrilevi

The majority of power outages caused by Saturday's storm have been eliminated, network operator Elektrilevi said on Tuesday. Since Saturday morning, the company has repaired 622 electricity network failures and restored the flow to almost 63,000 customers.

Elektrilevi noted the storm damage turned out to be large-scale and comparable to the storms at the end of last year. Pärnu, Rapla, Järva and Jõgeva counties suffered the most damage.

Almost 80 percent of customers returned the flow within 24 hours, the company said. 

Andres Tõnissaar, a member of the Management Board of Elektrilevi, said most of the remaining work would be completed by late Tuesday evening.

"Some cases with a smaller number of customers, but requiring a large volume of construction work, are still being resolved, but we are also trying to restore the electricity supply as soon as possible," added Tõnissaar.

He advised people to make sure there was electricity if they wanted to go to a country house for the weekend.

"In sparsely populated areas, there may be a situation where the line is broken, but since there are no permanent consumers on site, there is no information about the fault. If possible, ask the nearest neighbors to check the situation and let Elektrilevi know if a fault is detected," he said.

Elektrilevi is the largest network company in Estonia, managing approximately 60,000 kilometers of power lines and 24,000 substations.


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