The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE -

THOU­SANDS of res­i­dents of the Der­went Val­ley and many busi­nesses were left with­out power last week af­ter a ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent.

The ac­ci­dent at New Nor­folk early on Fri­day morn­ing caused an out­age af­fect­ing 2498 cus­tomers in the area.

The ac­ci­dent brought down pow­er­lines near the cor­ner of Ho­bart Rd and Glebe Rd.

Power was re­stored at 11.30am to all but 11 cus­tomers in the Ho­bart Rd, Dixon St, and Plun­kett St ar­eas of New Nor­folk.

The out­age af­fected homes, busi­nesses and schools. Ban­jos bak­ery in High St could not bake any­thing and staff were forced to turn cus­tomers away.

New Nor­folk High School prin­ci­pal Adam Potito said the school gave stu­dents the op­tion of leav­ing due to a lack of heat­ing be­cause it was a cold morn­ing.

“We in­formed par­ents in­di­vid­u­ally by the tele­phone and also by so­cial me­dia, and some stu­dents re­mained at school all day, and most stu­dents went home,” Mr Potito said.

“In a way we closed the school, but we were able to still have learn­ing here for those stu­dents who were not able to go home.

“The power did come on not long af­ter that, but be­cause of the un­cer­tainty around it, the call was made ... by late morn­ing.”

The area af­fected by the out­age in­cluded Collinsvale, Glen­fern, Glen­lusk, Hayes, Lach­lan, Mal­bina, Molesworth, Moog­ara, Mt Lloyd, New Nor­folk, Plenty and Uxbridge.


EMPTY SHELVES: Sales as­sis­tant Sheri­dan Chalker at Banjo’s bak­ery in High St, New Nor­folk, had to turn cus­tomers away when bak­ing came to a halt.


RE­PAIRS: The downed pow­er­lines.

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