Ergon Energy crews power to reconnect region after Marcia
"WE'RE at the halfway mark."
Ergon Energy crews have been working around the clock to get power back on to nearly half of the impacted residents in the Rockhampton and Livingstone areas.
On Friday 65,000 people lost power when Cyclone Marcia tore through central Queensland. As of yesterday there were 33,000 residents without power.
Ergon Energy spokesman Bob Pleash said crews were continuing to make gains in the major suburbs of Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast.
Ergon was aiming yesterday to get power back on for another 11,000 residents, with 900 crews on the ground working hard.
While they work hard on Rockhampton and Yeppoon, Mr Pleash said they are making their way to rural areas. Just the Byfield area has 35km of the electricity network that has been completely destroyed.
"The network at Byfield will have to be rebuilt; to support those smaller communities we will have some form of localised generation," Mr Pleash said.
"Powerlines, power poles and hardware have been destroyed and you can guarantee it is all because of trees falling onto lines and they've absolutely smashed the equipment.
"We also have 11 choppers in the air working and they are patrolling the rural and remote locations."
Ergon is aiming to have the majority of urban customers online by the end of the week and remaining customers in Yeppoon area by early next week.
"We're into day five and this is the halfway point," Mr Pleash said.
Yesterday Ergon was focusing on power feeders in the Upper Dawson Rd area, Bridge St area, Gracemere, and feeders in Emu Park north and Tanby.
Mr Pleash said the reaction from the community in this dire time has been fantastic.
"By and large people are really appreciative of the restoration crews," he said.