Ergon working to restore power following storm
UPDATE 1PM: ERGON Energy crews expect to restore power to about 500 customers in the Childers region by this evening.
This will leave about 150 customers without power overnight in rural areas where crews are finding extensive and severe damage.
A considerable proportion of the connections in this area are irrigation pumps and crews are giving priority to restoring power to residences.
The Cordalba town area, including the school, is expected to be restored today.
A generator will be provided to the school if necessary before the start of classes tomorrow.
Crews also expect to have some customers without power until lunch-time tomorrow in the Ringwood and Booyal area, where trees across roads are delaying access for crews to some damage.
Eighty staff from Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Childers, Gin Gin, Bundaberg, Biggenden, Gayndah and Mundubbera are working on the ground in the restoration effort across the region.
Power is expected to be fully restored in the North Burnett and Bundaberg this afternoon.
UPDATE 10.15AM: ABOUT 650 Ergon Energy customers near Childers remain without power this morning after the network sustained major damage as storm cells past over about 9pm last night.
The worst impacts occurred just north of Childers, affecting customers in Farnsfield, Cordalba, Kowbi, Goodwood, Isis, Apple Tree Creek and surrounding areas.
Multiple crews from Bundaberg and Maryborough are supporting Childers crews today to work through the extensive damage, particularly trees down over power lines in the Farnsfield area.
A chopper patrol will be used to identify faults in areas that are difficult to access. About 1400 customers in Woodgate and Buxton were initially affected because they are being supplied temporarily from Farnsfield following damage to the Woodgate substation in a storm on Friday afternoon.
About 100 customers in isolated areas around Booyal, Mt Perry and North Burnett also are affected, while about 300 customers in Alloway experienced a power supply interruption last night.
The storm cells that passed over the Childers region had earlier created havoc in Chinchilla, where about 100 customers in outlying areas remain without power this morning.
Childers SES local controller John Cottam said about 10 members were on the ground responding to call outs north of Childers after the storm hit last night.
"We were called out to one job to remove trees from the Bruce Hwy just north of Sandy Creek and three hours later we finished that with the assistance of the Rural Fire Brigade and council and the truck drivers who were driving the highway," he said.
"The highway was fully blocked d for some time.
"There was also numerous trees down on the Booyal-Dallarnil Rd.
"This morning we've got a couple of tress down across driveways and a little bit of roof damage. "
We've got one job come in from Cordalba, from what I've been told it's ripped a roof sheet off."
UPDATE 9.30AM: A DALLARNIL family has had a lucky escape after the roof was ripped completely off their house during last night's storm.
North Burnett SES local controller Brian Lowe said the family has been taken into Biggenden and would require temporary accommodation after the storm cell extensively damaged their home.
Trees were also felled across the driveway blocking access to the property but council staff had already worked to remove those trees.
SES crews will attend the home this morning as well as two homes in Gayndah that also received damage to the roof.
EARLIER: HUNDREDS of homes remain out of power within the Isis region including Apple Creek, Childers, and Cordalba after a wild storm hit the area.
Police are urging drivers in the Childers area to be mindful of conditions.
Police report there was water over the road at the intersection of Goodwood and Coonarr Rds and minor tree debris on Goodwood Rd near the Childers end.
Earlier, a number of trees fell on the Bruce Hwy near Booyal but the highway has since been cleared and reopened.