Thousands of residents north of the Gold Coast will be without power for some time, after Energex cut supply to “prevent potentially fatal electrical events”.
The power outage will affect houses which have been inundated by rising flood waters from the Albert and Logan rivers. There are currently almost 4,500 properties without power in Logan City. While 1,200 remain off the grid across the Gold Coast.
Before the property can have power restored to it, home owners will need to contact a licenced electrician to ensure their property is safe to be reconnected.
In a statement released on Sunday morning, the provider said it had taken the pre-emptive action “to ensure the public’s safety and also to protect Energex’s electrical infrastructure in the affected communities”.
“Cutting power to these areas where properties have been affected by rising flood waters is essential to ensure the public’s safety,” Energex Event Manager, Paul Rainbird said.
“It’s an unfortunate but necessary measure to save lives,” Mr Rainbird explained.
Once an inundated home has had power disconnected, an ‘Electricity Defect Report’ otherwise known as a ‘Form 3’ will be affixed to a high and dry place at the property.
The home or business owner will then need to call in an electrician to deem it safe to restore power.
“The electrician will need to ensure the property is electrically safe and sign the ‘Electricity Defect Report’ in order for our crews to restore power to affected homes. In addition, any electrical appliances which have become wet during flooding or rain events need to be checked also to ensure that they are safe to use.
“While the floods are in progress and until restoration work can get underway, we are asking for people to be patient and keep checking our website for updates. Our crews will work as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power to those affected areas once the flooding has subsided.”
“During clean-ups in gardens, we also strongly urge people to stay well clear of fallen power lines and well away from fallen trees and undergrowth where they suspect fallen power lines may lie. Under no circumstances should people assume that power lines are dead simply because they are on the ground,” Mr Rainbird said.
If anyone sees fallen power lines, they should call 13 19 62.