Ergon restores power to most areas, but some are still out
ERGON Energy has reinstated power to its network and made supply available around the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast after the weekend's wild weather.
General manager service delivery Steve Leighton said with supply now available on the network, Ergon Energy was advising Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast district customers who didn't have supply to contact the 24/7 fault line on 13 2296 if possible.
"If your neighbour has power and you don't, give us a call and we will respond," Mr Leighton said.
"While we have reinstated power to the network, there could be individual numbers or small pockets still without power, and this message is designed to target those customers."
In the Callide/Curtis area just over 1000 customers remain offline, particularly in rural areas around Miriam Vale, Lowmead, Baffle Creek, Awoonga, Callliope, Monto, Kalpower, Selene, Boynedale, Biloela North, Jambin and Baralaba.
Additional crews have arrived from Mackay to assist local crews with restoration, and helicopters are being used extensively to access flood-bound areas where it is safe to do so.
"We are physically unable to access some areas due to major flood levels," Mr Leighton said.
"We are doing our best to get as many customers back on as we can, but in these situations we will have to wait until floodwaters go down and conditions improve to reinstate remaining customers."
Mr Leighton said while Ergon had reinstated power to all customers where it was safe to do so, there were a number of premises that had sustained structural damage, and these customers would need to have repairs done by contractors before they could be safely reconnected by Ergon.
"A remaining 192 customers in the Mt Morgan and Raglan/Port Alma areas were reinstated yesterday and late yesterday evening," he said.
At height of the severe weather with torrential rain and destructive wind on Friday, 18,000 Ergon Energy customers in and around Rockhampton and on the Capricorn Coast lost supply.
There was significant damage to Ergon's network with trees and debris bringing down numerous sections of power line and associated equipment, and in some cases power poles were washed away by torrential rain and localised flooding.
There were more than 100 reports of fallen power lines.