28 July 2020

Power still out for almost 2000 in the Eurobodalla

| Kim Treasure
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Trees brought down by wind

Trees have brought down powerlines on the South Coast, leaving thousands without power. Photo: Supplied.

UPDATE 1.30PM: Further Essential Energy resources have been deployed to the South Coast to help restore power to almost 950 customers in the Eurobodalla area.

Crews have been working since early this morning and have successfully restored power to about 920 customers.

For the rest, Essential Energy has sent a text message advising an estimated time of restoration. Many customers will be reconnected today, however some may be without power until tomorrow.

TUESDAY AM: Thousands of Eurobodalla residents are still without power after being battered by high winds and relentless rain for days.

Large trees have come down across the shire, falling onto powerlines in multiple locations, causing significant damage to the network.

Crews worked throughout the night in challenging conditions to restore power to about 4800 homes and business across the region. Unfortunately, with weather conditions still posing a challenge for crews, 1874 customers remain without power this morning.

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Essential Energy has deployed additional crews from Bombala, Goulburn, Bega, Cooma and Queanbeyan depots to help local crews repair the damage to the electricity network, with the worst-affected areas being Batemans Bay and Narooma.

Power outage map

Power outages as at 10.30 am on Tuesday. Image: Supplied.

So far today, Batemans Bay is the wettest place in NSW according to the Bureau of Meteorology, recording 164 mm to 9:00 am. Montague Island is the windiest, recording winds of up to 100km/h.

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Essential Energy operations manager Darren Basterfield is reminding the public to stay at least eight metres away from damaged or fallen powerlines.

“Always treat powerlines as live and remember that anything in contact with them, such as cars, trees or fences can conduct electricity and pose a danger,” he said.

“We encourage residents to immediately report fallen powerlines, network damage, fires or trees contacting powerlines to Essential Energy on 13 20 80 or call 000 if the situation is life-threatening.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the power outages and thank customers for their patience.”

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