Weekend storms affect power in Wide Bay

Published: 14 Nov 2016 7:29am

Update: 14 November, 7.30am

Ergon Energy crews expect to restore power to Wide Bay customers still affected by the weekend storms progressively during today.

At this stage, the power supply to about 1100 customers in the Fraser Coast region and 1000 in the Bundaberg region remains interrupted.

The worst affected areas in the Fraser Coast are Tinana, Dunmora, Oakhurst and Yengarie, while about 700 customers are impacted in the Isis district (including Childers, Buxton, Cordalba and Apple Tree Creek), about 300 in the Kolan district (including Bullyard and Bungadoo) and 40 in Moore Park Beach.

Local crews have resumed the restoration effort this morning and about 20 crews from other depots will join them during the day.

Any customers whose power does not come back on when their neighbours have supply restored is requested to call Ergon on 13 22 96.

Original report: 13 November, 9.30pm

Thousands of Ergon Energy customers in Wide Bay have had their power supply interrupted due to severe storms yesterday and again today.

Local crews, reinforced by colleagues from other depots, have now restored power to the vast majority of customers throughout the region.

However, more than 1000 customers each in the Maryborough and Childers regions are unlikely to have their power restored until tomorrow due to the extent of the damage to the network.

Much smaller numbers in the Bundaberg and Gin Gin regions also could spend the night without power.

Yesterday’s storms had the most impact in communities to the north, west and south of Bundaberg, as well as the North Burnett and north of Gympie.

The largest customer number impacts from today’s storms were north and west of Bundaberg and in parts of the city, but there was less damage requiring major repairs than experienced in the Maryborough and Childers regions.

There have been multiple reports of fallen power lines and blown fuses and lightning arrestors caused by lightning strikes and vegetation coming into contact with the network.

About 20 additional crews will support locally-based colleagues in the Maryborough and Childers areas tomorrow morning to restore power to customers as quickly and safely as possible.

The Bundaberg Regional Council area experienced 25,494 lightning strokes during the two days of storms, while there were 4221 lightning strokes recorded in the Fraser Coast Regional Council area in the same period.

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

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