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Safety jeopardised during Bundaberg storm

Published: 9 Nov 2015 2:18pm

A serious electrical incident could have occurred during the storms that affected the power supply to about 4700 Bundaberg customers yesterday afternoon.

Lines Manager Fraser Burnett Craig Harris said crews were disturbed to arrive on site and find a fallen power line had been rolled up and placed in a garden bed near the Brothers Club.

“We cannot emphasise enough our advice that any fallen power lines should be assumed to be ‘live’ and dangerous,” Mr Harris said.

“People should not touch them under any circumstances, but stay well clear, warn others and call Triple Zero (000).”

Yesterday’s storm also resulted in a fallen power line near the TAFE College at the corner of Walker and Faldt streets.

The power supply to customers in Avenell Heights, Norville, Walkervale, Avoca and Millbank was affected.

Power was reinstated to most customers by 3.30pm and fully restored by 5pm after crews had completed the repairs.


  • Take care when cleaning up after a storm, as high winds and debris can bring overhead power lines down.
  • Be cautious around fallen branches, debris and water as they could be hiding fallen powerlines.
  • Don’t take chances. If you find something you think might be a power line, always assume it is ‘live’ and dangerous, keep well away, warn others and call Triple Zero (000).
  • Any electrical faults, including brown outs, might be caused by fallen power lines. Always assume fallen powerlines are live. Stay well clear and warn others.
  • Warn children not to play or swim in floodwaters, as there may be unseen ‘live’ and dangerous electrical wiring or fallen power lines in or around the water, which may be hidden by debris.

Media Contact: Rod Rehbein
Phone: 4153 9813 or 0407 031 072

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