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Ergon Energy ready to respond to Tropical Cyclone Trevor

Published: 19 Mar 2019 10:02am

Ergon Energy is well prepared to support communities in the path of Tropical Cyclone Trevor, but residents should plan for lengthy power interruptions in areas where access is limited during the wet season.

Far North Area Manager Charlie Casa said Ergon was monitoring the severe weather system and emergency planning always covered a range of scenarios.

“We have crews, generation, aircraft, barges, vehicles and equipment on standby in strategic locations and Queenslanders know they can count on us in a disaster.

“While remote communities may not be accessible by road in the wet season, as soon as we have clear access and it is safe to fly and land in the community, our crews will be there to support you,” he said.

Mr Casa urged residents in the cyclone zone to reduce the risk of storm damage by securing outdoor items with the potential to become dangerous projectiles.

“Recent cyclones and floods would have signalled the need for residents to clean up their backyards, get their house in order and re-stock their storm kits – the more prepared you are the better.

“Even when the weather eases and it is safe to head outdoors, there’s a real risk of fallen powerlines so please take care and stay line aware,” he said.

Fallen powerlines can be hidden in tree branches and other debris, so people should exercise caution when the clean-up begins.

Always assume fallen powerlines are live, even if they’re not sparking, warn others in the area and report the life-threatening hazard to emergency services on 000 or call Ergon on 13 16 70.

“The number one priority for Ergon crews is to keep everyone safe around the electricity network and members of the public can help us locate electrical hazards by providing detailed information.

“While restoration crews will hit the ground running, they need to inspect the network and assess the damage before beginning emergency repairs.

“The aim is always to safely restore power as soon as practically possible, starting with the critical services that support the community,” Mr Casa said.

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