During the summer storm season, make sure you contact 000 in an emergency.
During the summer storm season, make sure you contact 000 in an emergency.

Storm woes



COUNTRY Energy crews have been run off their feet in the wake of Tuesday night's destructive electrical storm in the Coffs Harbour region.

Reinforcements from Grafton and Kempsey were sent in yesterday to help their exhausted colleagues who had worked through the night to restore power supply to stricken districts.

Country Energy spokeswoman Fiona Carrick said lightning strikes damaged network equipment, while falling trees and debris brought sections of line down.

Even by late yesterday morning, crews still had up to 50 jobs to complete in the area between Nambucca Heads and Coffs Harbour.

"The main feeders are up and running, but lighting, wind and trees will have damaged people's pole-top transformers outside their homes, and service lines running from the power poles to their homes," Ms Carrick said. Valery was another problem area, with 80 households still without power at 11am yesterday.

"Bellingen was severely hit by strong winds, and many sections of the Bellingen rural powerline were brought down, with 150 people still affected (yesterday morning)," Ms Carrick said.

"At Newee Creek, fallen trees and lighting caused blackouts."

More than 350 people there were still without power at lunchtime.



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