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.