Power being reconnected around the region
Customer outages and restoration report:
- Around 2900 customers are off supply in the Ergon Energy area this evening. Power has been restored to more than 46,000 customers in the Wide Bay-Burnett region since Australia Day.
- There are currently more than 300 field employees across Bundaberg and North Burnett and additional crews are heading to the North Burnett.
- Several river crossings have been strung from choppers today and these crews will continue this work later in the week in the South Bingera, Wallaville and Mundubbera areas.
- Restoration from now on will be more gradual as crews work in increasingly remote and isolated parts of the region.
- Customers must engage a licensed electrical contractor if their home or business premises' wiring, switchboard or mains connection have been damaged or inundated by flooding.
The following information on restoration estimates is progressive and applies to the population areas on the main feeders. There are customers on spur lines in the more isolated areas where restoration is going to take longer.
These are the estimated progressive restoration times as at Tuesday, February 5 and are subject to change.
- Crews have rebuilt the high-voltage network in the worst affected area of North Bundaberg and expect to re-energise it tonight. Crews will commence to restore transformers and low-voltage services tomorrow where it is safe to do so.
- The high-voltage network in the rest of the Bundaberg city area has been repaired. Some padmount and ground transformers that were submerged are still to be returned to service.
- Most customers in Sharon and Burnett Downs have been reconnected, apart from about 40 in Schmidts Road and Woods Road. Most of these will be temporarily supplied by generators until conditions allow repairs to be completed. Further repairs and rebuilding are required to restore supply in Woodbury Drive and Kurths and Bakers Roads.
- The South Bingera feeder line to Pine Creek and Givelda is being progressively restored. Work on the river crossings and spur lines will continue for the rest of the week.
- Most customers in Booyan and Moore Park are now back on mains power. Power should be available to customers on smaller spur lines by Thursday.
- The network around Fairymead is being repaired and rebuilt to restore supply to customers.
- The network in the Avondale area sustained significant damage from a mini-twister on Saturday. Supply to some customers in this localised area will take up to four days where safe to do so.
- The two feeder lines that supply customers in Rosedale, Watalgan, Waterloo, Baffle Creek, Winfield and Miara and North Littabella, Ferry/Barnetts, Bushs and Baillies Roads should be re-energised tomorrow. Smaller spur lines will then be progressively repaired.
- Customers in communities south of Gin Gin are being progressively restored to power as crews working from helicopters string powerlines across river crossings. Customers on spur lines will continue to be progressively restored to supply for the rest of the week.
- Power is yet to be restored to 250 homes and businesses in the North Burnett, plus about 270 pumps. Power is available to almost 200 customers and will be connected as an electrical contractor advises it is safe to do so.
Power will be restored to customers in areas outside the main towns in the North Burnett progressively over the rest of the week. The worst affected areas include:
- Eidsvold West, Robertson Road, Goomaram Creek, Holleywell, and Cynthia in the Eidsvold region. The Cynthia SWER should be operational by Thursday.
- Major work is continuing on the feeder lines from Mundubbera to Riverleigh and O'Bil Bil. This will include helicopter stringing of powerlines above river crossings later in the week.
- Rural areas around Gayndah, including Humphrey.