POWERING ON: Ergon general manager operations Steve Leighton.
POWERING ON: Ergon general manager operations Steve Leighton.

Rural residents lose power

ERGON Energy isolated a high voltage rural power line near Blackwater as rising floodwaters in the Mackenzie River submerged power lines.

Area operations manager Steve Harris said the decision was made for the public’s safety and affected 28 rural customers supplied by the 22,000 volt Bedford Weir feeder, including Blackwater North SWER and Jellinbah and Yarrabee coal mines.

“We are contacting all affected customers to advise them of the situation and at this stage they could be off line for three to four days until floodwaters recede sufficiently to safely re-energise the line,” he said.

The situation was identified during routine helicopter patrols Ergon has initiated across the region to monitor its power network during the current flood conditions.

General manager operations Steve Leighton said Ergon would monitor the flood situation closely and had representatives attending local disaster group meetings.

“With the Fitzroy River already in flood and more water to come down in the next few days from the catchment area of the Mackenzie, Comet, Nogoa and Dawson river systems, we have helicopters on standby to assist with any disconnections that may be needed along these water ways as river levels rise,” he said.

Mr Leighton reinforced warnings by emergency authorities about the dangers of floodwater.

“In these current circumstances do not enter or attempt to drive through flood water,” he said.

“There could be logs or anything, even fallen power lines hidden below the surface in floodwater - it’s just not worth it.”

Mr Leighton advised the community to stay clear of fallen power lines. Phone Ergon Energy on 132 296 or 131 670.

“...we have helicopters on standby to assist with any disconnections...”

Ergon general manager operations Steve Leighton


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