Three strikes, power goes out in Central Highlands region
THEY say bad things come in threes and it certainly did for Central Highlands residents last week.
Storm activity across the Central Highlands and a bird strike on power lines last week and a motor vehicle accident the week before have caused significant disruption on the power network in the Gemfields area.
Area Operations Manager Steve Harris said Ergon crews had to interrupt power to 1,183 customers in the area on Sunday at 7.32pm to repair a section of line near the property "Inoa".
The issue, located about 20 kms west of Emerald, was the result of power line being dislodged from a power pole during strong wind. Power was restored at 8.41pm that night after repairs were completed.
Earlier in the week crews responded to an incident at "Selma" about 10kms west of Emerald where a bird contacted and brought down power lines at 10.35pm on Thursday.
Power was reinstated to all but two customers by 3.55am the following day. All customers were fully restored by 10.20am that day.
The previous week on Tuesday (November 5), crews worked through the night to get power back onto the Gemfields after a car hit a power pole in Rubyvale around 11.30pm.
The majority of customers were back on line by 1am in the morning and remaining customers were reinstated by 10am after damaged equipment was repaired.
Mr Harris said Ergon fully appreciated and understood the impact these unforeseen disruptions have on the community.
"We certainly thank the Gemfields and surrounding communities for their patience and understanding during these recent incidents" he said.