Power out in Proser­pine

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

LIGHT rain last Wed­nes­day was the cause of an elec­tric­ity in­ter­rup­tion leav­ing 2157 cus­tomers be­tween Proser­pine and Calen with­out power.

Er­gon En­ergy cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Bob Pleash said power was lost at 9.48pm but the ma­jor­ity of cus­tomers from the Calen end were re­stored within min­utes.

“How­ever, there were 780 cus­tomers that were off line un­til about 4am while re­pairs were car­ried out to a dam­aged power pole,” he said. Mr Pleash said about 30 cus­tomers in the Lethe­brook area were not re­in­stated un­til roughly 5am due to is­sues on the sup­ply line be­tween Lethe­brook and Proser­pine.

Light rain can some­times cause prob­lems to power pole in­su­la­tors where dust and con­tam­i­nants col­lect. Mr Pleash said in this case, the dam­age oc­curred on a power pole near Lethe­brook.

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