Floodwaters cut power to residents
RESIDENTS of Struck Oil were stranded without power yesterday as repair crews couldn’t access the problem.
Ergon Energy corporate communications manager Bob Pleash said 30 customers had lost power at 10.50pm Monday night, but crews had initially been unable to get past a flooded creek that was blocking their access.
Mr Pleash said Ergon crews were finally able to access the area last night to start repairs.
He said they had made several previous attempts to get to the community hall, where it was believed a fallen tree had caused the outage.
With water more than two metres over the roads Mr Pleash said there had been nothing they could do but wait for it to subside. Ergon had made attempts to contact all affected customers to advise the situation.
Another 26 customers in Upper Ulan, near Bajool also lost power around 11.20pm Monday. While localised flooding prevented immediate restoration, power was restored by 9am yesterday.
The weather has caused havoc for Ergon crews in Mt Morgan yesterday as well.
While there was a planned outage for some areas in the town yesterday from 11am to 1.30pm there was also an emergency interruption around 10.30am to remove a tree that had landed on high voltage lines in a school in Morgan Street.
With a school fence the only thing holding the tree up, Ergon crews removed the tree and had power returned by 11.30am.