Troops will conduct door-to-door checks on more than 4,000 homes, and provide welfare support for remote communities.
Mr Johnson said: “It was a very, very big storm. We are doing everything we can to to help people.
“There were about 19,000 homes without (power) this morning. We have got that down to about 16,000.
“That is no consolation for the 16,000 who are still suffering but we are working flat out to help you.”
Published at Fri, 03 Dec 2021 08:08:00 +0000