Ergon Energy prepares for Cyclone Nora
Published: 23 Mar 2018 4:26pm
Ergon Energy, as part of Energy Queensland, is preparing for Tropical Cyclone Nora and is warning residents to prepare for any power interruptions.
Cyclone Nora is expected to impact communities in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the coming days.
Energy Queensland Chief Executive Officer David Smales said the approaching storm and cyclonic winds could cause damage to Ergon Energy’s network and interrupt power to people and communities across far north Queensland.
“It is so important that people stay inside. 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),” Mr Smales said.
“Full power restoration can take time after a cyclone, especially in more remote communities that are not easily accessible, but we will have our crews out working as soon as we have clear access and it is safe to do so.”
Ergon Energy will work closely with Emergency Services and Local Disaster Management Groups to support affected communities after the Cyclone has passed.
“That means getting power back on 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
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