Far North power network checked

Published: 20 Mar 2012 2:02pm

Ergon Energy crews will be patrolling sections of the electricity network in and around Cairns and other parts of Far North Queensland today following continued heavy weather across the region.

The checks are being done in case there is debris on powerlines or other possible network risks following pockets of severe weather in recent days.

Manager Regional Services Geoff Bowes said it was common practice for the electricity distributor to make visual checks of the network following sustained weather events.

“Public and crew safety around our poles and wires is our top priority,” Mr Bowes said, “and while our crews have been working around the clock in some cases dealing with minor power interruption issues, we will also be casting an eye over the network to check for other possible problems.”

“Keep an eye out for our crews on the roads, keep clear of their activity and let them do their job,” Mr Bowes said.

He said the general public should always be mindful of the possibility of fallen powerlines or trees into powerlines after big wet season events.

“If you see anything that looks out of place on the power network let us know on 13 22 96,” Mr Bowes said.

“If you come across fallen powerlines, keep yourself and others well away and alert us or the police as soon as possible,” he said.

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