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July 29, 2021

Federal, Goonengerry still blacked out after storm

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Some 220 customers in areas around Goonengerry and Federal remained without power overnight following Sunday’s massive storm.

An Essential Energy spokesperson said the main issue facing crews was trees that had fallen over power lines.

‘We’ve had to bring in vegetation contractors to get access to some heavily treed areas,’ she said.

The spokesperson said recent redundancies at the network provider had no influence on the delays in getting power restored.

‘Our crews were on the ground all Sunday night. They worked for 16 hours, which is the safe allowable maximum, and we’ve now brought in extra crews from Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Tweed Heads,’ she said.

‘Our first priority is safety and then getting power restored as quickly as possible,’ she added.

The spokesperson said there were still 180 customers without power at 9am this morning ‘who we are hoping will be reconnected later today’.

A total of 9,800 customers were taken off the grid by Sunday evening’s storms, which wreaked havoc around the region and caused damage to Lismore Base Hospital.

 


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1 COMMENT

  1. Mullumbimby has had at least two blackouts today. Once again the local infrastructure is failing to provide essential services.

    But we can spend millions of our ratepayers dollars on building a seawall to protect a wealthy man’s ocean frontage.

    Let’s get a council that can deal with the real every day issues concerning us all rather than those of vested interest groups.

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