Big guns to fix power outages

RESIDENTS angry and frustrated with recent major power outages through the city and its surrounds can take solace in the fact that Country Energy are doing everything they can to rectify the problem.

After a major power outage to Toormina, Boambee, Bonville, Raleigh, Urunga and Bellingen on Tuesday evening which left 10,700 residents without power for more than two hours, Country Energy have called in the big guns.

Helicopters and crews have been called in to go pole to pole in specific areas to identify and repair any equipment damaged in order to prevent further unplanned power interruptions.

“We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this causes our customers but would like to reassure everyone when the power goes off we will be out there working to restore supply as quickly as safety will allow,” Country Energy regional general manager, Andrew Latta said.

“In recent weeks, Coffs Harbour and surrounding areas have experienced extreme weather conditions, from the floods, to high winds and storm activity - this can have an impact on the electricity network,” he said.

Almost a third of all unplanned power interruptions on Country Energy's network are weather related - this includes lightning strikes and storm damage.

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