The sun's shining in Whakatane, but the power's still out after ex-tropical Cyclone Cook caused widespread damage.
Mayor Tony Bonne says there has been "significant damage" to four power feeders responsible for Whakatane's power.
The wider region remains without power, but Edgecumbe has escaped the blackout.
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The homes encouraged to evacuate from Ohope came away unscathed.
Whakatane streets have trees strewn across the road, power lines down and damaged cars from fallen debris.
Minister Anne Tolley who was one of many residents evacuated from Ohope says despite any real damage, it's important people heed the safety messages.
Tolley told the media the mayor provided a "candlelit dinner" and she stayed with friends.
Meanwhile some Edgecumbe residents will be granted access to their homes from lunchtime.
Residents are being advised to stay off the roads while crews continue to clean up the streets.
All downed power lines should be considered live and the council says to call if residents have any concerns.
"The Government has to balance pay demands across the public sector. We have gone as far as we can in terms of extra Government money," Dr Clark said this afternoon.