Waking to a big blackout

TOAST and coffee were off the menu for as many as 10,000 households yesterday morning when a major blackout hit the Coffs Coast.

The cause of the network fault remains a mystery but Country Energy said tree branches could have come into brief contact with powerlines and caused the outage.

“It caused the network to trip as part of our protection system,” a spokeswoman said.

She said Country Energy crews had hit the ground running when residents from Coffs Harbour west to the Orara Valley and north to Woolgoolga were blacked out just before 7am.

“Crews identified no damage to the electricity network and power was restored just before 7.30am,” the spokeswoman said.

Country Energy’s regional general manager Brian Mclean apologised to customers for the inconvenience caused by the interruption.

“I would like to reassure customers our crews will respond immediately in such situations to restore power as quickly as possible,” Mr Mclean said.

“Customers who experience a power interruption should call Country Energy on 132 080.”



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