Crews restore power to 161,000 homes and businesses after Cyclone Debbie

ENERGEX crews were out in force overnight, working hard to restore power to the more than 9000 homes and businesses that remained blacked out after Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

More than 700 power lines were brought down and 170,000 buildings lost power when Ex-Tropical Cyclone ripped through the region on Thursday.

As of midnight last night, power had been restored to 160,828 properties. Crews remained on the ground overnight, working to replace 87 lines and reconnect electricity to 9,172 customers that remained in the dark.


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As of 8:20am on Sunday, just 8100 homes and businesses were waiting to be connected back to the network.

As many as 30 power lines are still down in Tallebudgera and Springbrook. More than 600 homes and businesses are still without power in these areas.

Access issues remain the biggest hurdle to the restoration work in these areas, with landslides, fallen trees and collapsed roads and bridges preventing crews from assessing the damage.

As a result, Energex says customers may be without power for a number of days.

Another 22 lines were affected by flooding in Logan. Crews will need to wait for floodwaters to recede in the Logan and Albert rivers before they can begin restoring power to 4400 homes and businesses in this area.

Meanwhile, helicopters have been used to assess the damage in Jimboomba and Beaudesert, which remain isolated by floodwaters.

Energex Event Manager, Steve Leadbeater said restoring power in parts of the Gold and Sunshine Coast hinterlands was proving to be a challenge.

“While our crews are making progress, it’s slow going in some parts of the hinterland due to the significant access problems we’re facing – particularly in the more heavily wooded areas where fallen trees and flying debris have impacted the network,” Mr Leadbeater said.

“While the restoration work is underway, we are asking for people to be patient. Our crews working as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power to those affected areas,” he added.

Generators have been deployed to remote communities and criticial infrastructure such as water treatment plants across the network.

During the clean-up, customers are warned to be as careful as possible when removing debris from their gardens.

“We strongly urge people to stay well clear of fallen power lines and also stay 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.

“Also, as flood waters recede, downed lines may be lurking beneath the surface of creeks and estuaries – so extra care is required by boaties navigating around trees that have fallen into waterways.”

For homes inundated by floodwaters, homeowners will need to contact a licenced electrician to ensure the property is safe to be reconnected before power can be switched back on.

Report fallen power lines by calling 13 19 62.

TIPS

  • Be vigilant when cleaning up. If you see a fallen power line, stay well clear and call our emergency line on 13 19 62 immediately
  • If you use critical medical equipment and feel your health is at risk, go directly to the nearest hospital or call Triple Zero (000)
  • If you have any water-damaged appliances, flooding or water in switchboards call a licenced electrician to ensure your safety
  • If you have any concerns about food spoilage, visit the Food Safety Information Council at foodsafety.asn.au
  • For power restoration updates, visit energex.com.au/outages

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