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AFTER BIG SNOWFALL SOME SERVICES NOW NORMAL P.A. CHRISTCHURCH, this day. Railway and tramway services were back to normal to-day after Saturday's big snowfall, and repair gangs were making good progress in repairing damaged telephone and power connections. It may be a week or more before these services are restored in the city as many of the men who could be employed in the town are at work on broken toll lines in the country. Communications with the country districts are still restricted. Leeston and other nearby towns could not be communicated with by telephone this morning, but the normal telegraph service north, and south of the city had been resumed. The Malvern Power Board's system, which suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage in a snowstorm "two years ago, is reported to be even more extensively damaged this time. The Hamner SpringsEllesmere and North Canterbury reticulations are also badly shattered, and a week or more of hard work lies ahead before order can be restored.

All railway services in the province were back to normal to-day. The main problem now with the railways is telephone and signal communication, heavy damage having been done to wires on the South and Midland lines. Trams and buses ran full timetables in the city to-day.

Public Works Department power lines from the generating stations at Highbank, Waitaki, and Coleridge are all in order now, except for a break in an alternative cable from Coleridge, which has broken somewhere between Coleridge and Hqrorata. Gangs were out to-day trying to locate this fault. There was a good thaw yesterday, but a hard frost last night made for icy conditions on shaded streets and footpaths. To-day, another day of bright sunshine, helped the clearance of snow.

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CLEARING UP, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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CLEARING UP Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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