Homes north of Coffs without electricity for six hours



HOMES from Korora to Red Rock and west to Nana Glen were left in darkness by a blackout on Sunday night that lasted about six hours.

Power to the residences was cut at 6.20pm and was not restored until about midnight.

The problem was caused by a broken crossbeam on a power pole on the Orara Way at Nana Glen.

A Country Energy spokesperson said the company was alerted to the broken crossbeam on Sunday afternoon but decided to wait until later in the evening to carry out the repairs because the work would require power being cut for an extended period. The plan was to wait until after 10pm to start the work but Sunday's constant drizzly allowed electricity to continue 'tracking' into the crossbeam, which eventually burst into flames and caused power to fail over an area containing about 8000 homes.

Work crews were called back to the site to carry out the repairs and were able to restore power to Coramba by about 8pm but did not have the supply back on in many homes until between 11.30pm and midnight.

The blackout was an unwanted distraction for Higher School Certificate students doing last-minute study before yesterday's first English examination.

The upgrade of the zone substation and the installation of a new high-voltage power line between Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga should mean similar blackouts will be avoidable in the future.



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