Baffle Creek floods and only one local electrician
MY son-in-law has his own company, Entity Electrical. He is an electrician by trade and works on the mines at Blackwater.
At the time of the floods he was unable to return home for nine days. His normal shift is 5/5, so after doing eight days on shift he drove for nine hours to get home to his wife and two 7-year-old boys.
The trip took him nine hours due to all the flooded roads, and when he managed to get home it was a huge relief for his family.
However, this much needed R&R is not happening as the following day, Wednesday, January 30, Peter spoke to a friend who said the SES was holding a meeting at Hills Rd.
Peter went and offered his services to Ergon to aid in getting flooded victims' houses some much needed power, because Ergon was not able to supply the power to flooded homes until they had been cleared by an electrician.
In the past two days Peter has been working 12-hour shifts. which started out with a small list. This list has now progressed to being about 50 homes and Peter is only home with his family until Sunday, February 3.
The area Peter covers range from Baffle Creek right out to Lowmead. He is only one person who has volunteered (not being paid) to try and help his local community.
Could we please ask Gladstone Regional Council to supply a few more electricians to aid my son-in-law with this huge list as it's impossible for him to do these houses on his own.