Ergon crews struggle to connect power after lightning

ERGON crews are, for the fourth day in a row, mopping up in rural areas across central Queensland after overnight storms accompanied by intense lightning wreaked havoc on power supply.

Customer delivery manager Fitzroy Brian Dingle said crews were battling the elements accessing some sites with road closures and boggy terrain. Three helicopters were being used to conduct line patrols and damage assessment and speed up restoration.

"Overnight storms again brought welcome rain along with over 33,000 lightning strokes which proved to be the main nemesis of power supply." he said.

A breakdown of lightning activity across CQ between midnight Thursday and 6.30 am Friday saw 901 strokes recorded in the Rockhampton region, 3,309 in the Gladstone region, 11,572 in the Banana Shire and 17,464 across the Central Highlands.

Early morning storms resulted in power cuts over a wide spread area across central Queensland including around Miriam Vale, the Athelstaine area in Rockhampton, Bajool, the Dawson Callide area and the Central Highlands.

"We are concentrating our efforts on reinstating remaining rural customers spread across a large area including Boyne Valley, Monto, Biloela, Moura, Rolleston, Springsure, Comet and Gindie."

"We appreciate the patience and understanding of customers (particularly those who have been off supply for prolonged periods) this week as we have moved around the area restoring supply in the wake of storm activity" Mr Dingle said.

"We expect to have the majority of remaining customers back on line by this evening however due to access issues in some areas some customers will remain off until we can physically get into some locations" he said.

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