Storm causes dam­age to 40 power lines

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‘‘High winds re­sulted in a huge num­ber of downed or dam­aged lines - an enor­mous safety risk to the pub­lic.’’

Wild weather from last week’s storm event cre­ated se­vere dis­rup­tion across Franklin’s power net­work.

High winds and veg­e­ta­tion brought down around 40 lines across the dis­trict, while driv­ing rain and flood­ing dam­aged elec­tri­cal equip­ment such as trans­form­ers.

Each downed or dam­aged line can take around four to six hours to make safe, show­ing the huge amount of time and re­sourc­ing re­quired.

Coun­ties Power chief ex­ec­u­tive Judy Ni­choll thanked cus­tomers for their pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing dur­ing the dis­rup­tion.

‘‘We have had such an over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive re­sponse from cus­tomers who un­der­stood the com­plex­ity of what ours crews were deal­ing with,’’ Ni­choll said.

‘‘High winds re­sulted in a huge num­ber of downed or dam­aged lines - an enor­mous safety risk to the pub­lic.’’

This is a timely re­minder to the pub­lic to please main­tain their trees and veg­e­ta­tion, Ni­choll said.

Most of the dam­age to the net­work dur­ing this storm was caused by trees hit­ting lines and fly­ing de­bris such as branches.

It is the prop­erty own­ers’ re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure trees are kept away from lines and trees are main­tained or felled if they are un­sta­ble.

‘‘Thank you to those mem­bers of the pub­lic for call­ing us im­me­di­ately when they saw lines down and en­sured that peo­ple and live­stock stayed away from the area un­til our crews could make the sites safe and se­cure,’’ Ni­choll said.

‘‘Our crews and other staff, many who were called back from leave, worked tire­lessly to get the power flow­ing and keep the pub­lic in­formed.’’

More in­for­ma­tion can be found on veg­e­ta­tion re­spon­si­bil­ity and reg­u­la­tions at www.coun­tiespower.com/trees.

For any­one who still has no power due to a fault on their pri­vate ser­vice line they can con­tact an elec­tri­cian for a re­pair.

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