Storms cause blackouts

THOUSANDS of homes were still without power early yesterday after storms swept through Maryborough on Wednesday afternoon.

Ergon Energy operations manager Paul Jordon said more than 5000 households lost power twice yesterday morning.

The first blackout happened at 12.50am – leaving Ergon customers in Bidwill, Granville, Maryborough and Tinana without power.

Ergon crews worked to restore the power by 2.30am but it was short-lived.

The same customers lost power again about 5am.

“Crews managed to identify and isolate the fault in a transformer early this morning and power was restored to all customers by 6am,” Mr Jordon said.

The problems topped off a busy few hours for Ergon crews, who had responded to a power outage caused by fallen powerlines in Granville on Wednesday about 4pm.

Nearly 1000 customers lost power.

“Crews managed to restore power to customers in Maryborough and Granville by 7.30pm,” Mr Jordon said.

Ergon apologised for inconveniences caused.



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