Out­age woes hit Hills

Hills Gazette - - QUEEN’S BATON RELAY 2018 -

HILLS res­i­dents were left with­out power for more than a day af­ter storms last week­end.

Western Power crews on Mon­day were con­tin­u­ing to re­spond to dam­age caused by se­vere weather across the Cen­tral Wheat­belt and the Great South­ern re­gions.

Homes in Wooroloo, Park­erville and neigh­bour­ing sub­urbs were af­fected by the same storm front.

A res­i­dent in Wun­dowie re­ported ap­pli­ances ‘blow­ing up’ af­ter light­ning struck her home and the dam­ag­ing weather forced the clo­sure of Wooroloo swim­ming pool.

Western Power said the storm caused wide­spread dam­age and at its peak more than 3000 peo­ple were left with­out power.

“The storm on Sun­day af­ter­noon broke con­duc­tor wires on Lin­ley Val­ley Road, dis­rupt­ing power to more than 320 cus­tomers in the Wooroloo and Gidge­gan­nup ar­eas,” a spokesman said.

“Dam­age to con­duc­tors and the over­head cabling in Park­erville also cut power to more than 50 cus­tomers.”

Wooroloo res­i­dent Lisa Christy found her valu­able pet gold­fish Google float­ing in his pond af­ter Western Power failed to re­store power af­ter Sun­day’s storm.

She went to bed and in the morn­ing found her five-yearold pearlscale barely alive and his com­pan­ion Fer­gal strug­gling af­ter hours with­out oxy­genated wa­ter.

“Western Power said the power would be re­stored on Sun­day at 7pm, at 10pm and then at 1am,” she said.

When she checked the Western Power web­site the next day, she dis­cov­ered the new restora­tion time was un­known af­ter more than 19 hours with­out power.

“Google was as big as a man­darin, a healthy and unique fish you could pat on the head; he was a per­son­al­ity,” she said.

“It turns out Western Power don’t have crews out here yet and they need traf­fic man­age­ment in or­der to be able to make the re­pairs.

“Hun­dreds of peo­ple in the Hills had no power yes­ter­day when there were re­ports of a few homes af­fected else­where and it feels like we’ve been repri­ori­tised be­cause of other dam­age.

“We’ve now been with­out power for more than 24 hours.”

She bought a bat­tery pump to oxy­genate the tank for Fer­gal and was op­ti­mistic he would ‘pull through’ the trauma.

RIP Google: The gold­fish did not sur­vive the power cut.

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