Tree causes chaos: A fallen tree caused a brief blackout in Sawtell on Thursday afternoon.
Tree causes chaos: A fallen tree caused a brief blackout in Sawtell on Thursday afternoon. Bruce Thomas

Pine tree chaos in Sawtell

THE high rainfall took its toll on one tree in Sawtell’s First Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

About 4pm it simply gave up and slipped across the town’s powerlines.

Country Energy media spokeswoman Rachel Hussell said work crews responded immediately to the call.

Bystanders said two firetrucks, two council vehicles and one police car also responded.

“The pine tree had uprooted itself and landed on the powerlines,” Ms Hussell said.

“Country Energy crews isolated the power to a small number of customers in the immediate area, trimmed the tree, removing the top foliage that was in the powerlines.

“Power supply was then restored to customers.”

She said interrupting the power supply had been necessary to allow the safe trimming of the foliage in and around powerlines.

Observers said it was lucky the weather was so wet, otherwise the dense pine foliage could have easily caught fire, causing a much more serious hazard.

Country Energy reminds its customers that with rain forecast to continue in coming days, any branches or debris touching powerlines should be reported to Country Energy on 13 20 80.



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