Fallen tree causes blackout
A TREE which fell across power lines on Scotchman’s Road, Bellingen, in the early hours of yesterday morning was the cause of a blackout for 1100 of the town’s southside residents.
“The interruption started at 3.44am when a fallen tree not only pulled down lines but also broke some lines and a switch,” said Rachel Hussel, Country Energy’s Mid North Coast community relations manager.
“Crews were dispatched from Dorrigo and worked as quickly as safety would allow to remove the tree, repair the network and restore supply.” She said supplies had returned to normal to all households by 11am.
To add to the drama of the early morning wake-up call in the pouring rain, on their way down the mountain the Country Energy crew discovered another hazard – debris had blocked the Waterfall Way.
According to one crew member, they had nearly run into the blockage in the dark and the rain.
They immediately put out witches hats to warn other motorists and then contacted the Bellingen Shire Council, which came to clear and re-open the road.