Mr Morgan was one of 295 customers affected by an unexpected power outage in the city centre yesterday.
Mr Morgan was one of 295 customers affected by an unexpected power outage in the city centre yesterday. Coffs Coast Advocate

The day the city was turned off

FOR Scott Morgan, yesterday's black out in the city centre of Coffs Harbour couldn't have happened on a worse day.

“The end of December is our busiest time, and if it had happened in winter I wouldn't worry,” Mr Morgan said.

“But I've got no bread, I can't do anything and even if they get the power back on when they say, I'm three hours behind.”

Mr Morgan owns Subway and he was one of 295 customers affected by an unexpected power outage in the city centre yesterday.

Shopfronts along one side of the mall were closed, leaving shoppers bewildered as they read handwritten notes saying the stores would open at 10.30am - hopefully.

Some businesses couldn't even open their automatic doors, while the ones that could trade did so in almost pitch blackness.

One shopper, who wished to remain anonymous, couldn't believe the bad luck.

“A town without power on the day before New Year's is just amazing,” she said.

“I couldn't even get money out from the ATM, it's that bad.”

The power interruption left the traffic lights blank at the intersection of Harbour Drive and the Pacific Highway, with police called in to control the thick holiday traffic.

Country Energy regional general manager, Andrew Latta, said the power was interrupted at 7.24am yesterday and was restored by 10am.

“The fault was found to be on the corner of Anne and June streets and it affected customers located in the city centre, along the Pacific Highway and some traffic lights,” Mr Latta said.

“Country Energy crews responded immediately to identify the issue and repair any damage.”

Mr Latta said customers that experience any interruption to power supply should contact Country Energy on 13 20 80.



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