Ergon Energy electricians make preparations and disconnect power in Depot Hill for the coming inundation from the Fitzroy River as it rises over 8.2 metres.
Ergon Energy electricians make preparations and disconnect power in Depot Hill for the coming inundation from the Fitzroy River as it rises over 8.2 metres. Chris Ison ROK-Flood-C

Ergon cuts power as homes go under

ERGON Energy has disconnected power to 30 flood-hit Rockhampton homes and warns a further 400 homes could be without power for up to 10 days.

At a press conference yesterday Ergon Energy general manager Steve Leighton said the homes already cut included 30 in the Depot Hill and other low lying areas but that was expected to increase by the hundreds over the coming days.

He said there were about 650 homes in the Central Queensland area without power, which included 150 homes in the Dawson/Callide and Baralaba areas, with hundreds in Theodore and other worst-affected areas.

He said almost 100% of Theodore was without power.

At Emerald, a third of the town, or about 400 homes, are currently without electricity, and those homes won’t have power back for up to a week.

“We are using flood maps and working with council and the Local Disaster Committee and are taking those houses off as it becomes unsafe,” Mr Leighton said.

“We are taking power off as needed, it’s a safety issue rather than power outages.”

Mr Leighton said the floodwaters had affected power feeders and some Ergon Energy assets in the worst-affected areas, but there was no infrastructure damaged, besides the roads.

He said some subdivisions were underwater and crews had to check underground cables once the waters subsided.

The flood had come at a “huge” cost to Ergon in terms of crews responding to calls, with seven helicopters and 50 crews working tirelessly across the region.

Mr Leighton encouraged all residents to call 13 22 96 immediately if their home was about to be inundated with water, so crews could get there and disconnect the power.



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