Power lost as deluge hits hard
MORE than 6500 Ergon Energy customers throughout the Bundaberg region lost power for hours, other residents experienced flash flooding and homes were sandbagged as storms lashed the area yesterday.
Ergon Energy corporate communications manager Rod Rehbein said that about 1500 customers in the Avondale, Yandaran, Rosedale and Bucca areas lost power from 8.30am.
Damaged equipment was found in the Meadowvale substation and another 3300 customers, including North Bundaberg, Moore Park Beach and Tantitha residents, lost power about 10am.
That damage was repaired and power restored to the 3300 customers about 1.30pm.
In a separate incident almost 1500 customers in Innes Park, Coral Cove, Elliott Heads and Riverview had their supply interrupted at 9.40am.
Cuts also occurred in Alloway and Kinkuna.
Most areas had power back by about 5.30pm.
As many people dealt with power outages, David and Tammy Cini watched as the huge downpours caused a flash flood that forced water to within a metre of their front door at Welcome Creek.
Mr Cini said the water began to pool at daybreak as rain bucketed down yesterday morning.
“It was a pretty quick downpour and the drains can’t handle it,” he said.
Water covered Moore Park Road in several places and one of Mr Cini’s neighbours received assistance from the State Emergency Service as water got into the home.
The Bundaberg SES was called out to several homes during yesterday’s deluge, with other property owners requiring assistance as water got into their houses.
Bundaberg local controller Bill Daniels said sandbagging took place at the Moore Park Road home and in Bundaberg.
“We attended to three jobs in the Bundaberg area,” he said.
“Two were sandbagging and in one water was coming into the house through the roof.”
Police also experienced an influx of telephone calls yesterday.
Bundaberg Police Sergeant Grant Marcus urged people to telephone RACQ instead of police for road condition updates.
“The telephone calls reduce police ability to attend to more urgent phone calls,” he said.
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