Storm batters network in Childers area

Published: 29 Oct 2015 1:09pm

UPDATE 1pm:

Ergon Energy crews expect to restore power to about 500 customers in the Childers region by this evening.

This will leave about 150 customers without power overnight in rural areas where crews are finding extensive and severe damage.

A considerable proportion of the connections in this area are irrigation pumps and crews are giving priority to restoring power to residences.

The Cordalba town area, including the school, is expected to be restored today. A generator will be provided to the school if necessary before the start of classes tomorrow.

Crews also expect to have some customers without power until lunch-time tomorrow in the Ringwood and Booyal area, where trees across roads are delaying access for crews to some damage.

Eighty staff from Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Childers, Gin Gin, Bundaberg, Biggenden, Gayndah and Mundubbera are working on the ground in the restoration effort across the region.

Power is expected to be fully restored in the North Burnett and Bundaberg this afternoon.

ORIGINAL MEDIA RELEASE:

About 650 Ergon Energy customers near Childers remain without power this morning after the network sustained major damage as storm cells past over about 9pm last night.

The worst impacts occurred just north of Childers, affecting customers in Farnsfield, Cordalba, Kowbi, Goodwood, Isis, Apple Tree Creek and surrounding areas.

Multiple crews from Bundaberg and Maryborough are supporting Childers crews today to work through the extensive damage, particularly trees down over power lines in the Farnsfield area.

A chopper patrol will be used to identify faults in areas that are difficult to access.

About 1400 customers in Woodgate and Buxton were initially affected because they are being supplied temporarily from Farnsfield following damage to the Woodgate substation in a storm on Friday afternoon.

About 200 customers in isolated areas around Booyal, Mt Perry and North Burnett also are affected, while about 300 customers in Alloway experienced a power supply interruption last night.

The storm cells that passed over the Childers region had earlier created havoc in Chinchilla, where about 100 customers in outlying areas remain without power this morning.

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

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