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Ergon Energy prepares for impact of Cyclone Iris

Published: 4 Apr 2018 8:52am

Ergon Energy, as part of Energy Queensland, is preparing for the impact of Tropical Cyclone Iris and is warning residents to prepare for any power interruptions.

Cyclone Iris may impact communities between Ayr and Sarina, including Mackay and the Whitsunday Islands and adjacent inland areas, in the coming days.

Energy Queensland Chief Executive David Smales said the approaching storm and cyclonic winds could cause damage to Ergon Energy’s network and interrupt power to people and communities.

“It’s been 12 months since Cyclone Debbie hit those communities and I am sure people know why it is so important that they stay inside,” Mr Smales said.

“If they see fallen power lines they need to stay away and always assume they are 'live' and dangerous and report them immediately to Triple Zero (000).”

“We have started positioning additional crews and resources in Mackay and Rockhampton to support the areas likely to be impacted by TC Iris.”

“Where there are outages, our crews will be out working as soon as we have clear access and it is safe to do so, but it can take time to have full power restoration after a cyclone, especially if we have flooding associated with the storm and lots of trees down across roads and lines.”

Ergon Energy will work closely with Emergency Services and Local Disaster Management Groups to support affected any communities damaged by Cyclone Iris.

“We have a strategic plan to support communities affected by loss of power – our first priority is to get power back on for council services so people have fresh water and so that sewage treatment plants are working,” Mr Smales said.

“It also means providing emergency generation to hospitals and medical centres so people who need treatment can receive it and then making sure shopping centres and petrol stations are able to open so that communities have access to food and fuel as the clean-up continues.”

More information can be found at Ergon Energy's website

Media Contact: Brett Judge
Phone: 0439971765

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