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Power restored to Julia Creek

Published: 27 Feb 2015 3:16pm

Ergon Energy restored power to Julia Creek this afternoon after crews successfully installed and energised new electricity cables at Nonda.

An Ergon Energy spokesman said power was restored at 2 o'clock to approximately 500 customers in the town after being interrupted by a storm on Tuesday evening.

Temporary power was supplied by Ergon generators in the main street until the main powerline was repaired.   

The storm damaged concrete power poles and brought down high voltage powerlines at Nonda - half way between Julia Creek and Richmond.

"Our network is robust but 100 kilometre per hour winds bent cross arms on poles and brought down three spans of powerlines measuring 1.5 kilometres," the spokesman said.

Attempts to restore power last night were halted because storm and lightning activity made the conditions unsafe for crews he said.

"With mains power restored, crews are now working to replace seven power poles on the surrounding SWER network which were damaged by the storm.

"'Unfortunately we don't expect to restore power to approximately 50 customers on this network until either tomorrow or Sunday. However our crews are working as quickly as possible and understand the inconvenience the outage is causing."

He thanked customers for their patience and understanding in what has been a difficult time for them without power.

Media Contact: John Fowler
Phone: 0417283713

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