An aerial inspection by Country Energy found this badly damaged pole, hit by lightning.
An aerial inspection by Country Energy found this badly damaged pole, hit by lightning. Country Energy

Aerial spotting of storm damage

COUNTRY Energy has taken to the air to detect electricity poles damaged in the wake of the violent storms that hit the Northern Rivers last month.

While downed powerlines are simple to spot, some poles still upright after the storms also sustained major damage.

As a result, a helicopter was used last week to inspect Country Energy’s network in the Casino, Kyogle and Lismore areas.

Country Energy Far North Coast general manager Richard Wake said aerial surveillance was the quickest way to find damaged infrastructure.

“When we suspect there may be damage caused by extreme weather, we can cover our network from the air much moreeffectively than by groundpatrols,” he said.

The air search found a pole at Tomki, between Casino and Lismore, which was badly damaged by lightning strike. It will bereplaced immediately to prevent a future failure.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting isolated thunderstorms on the Northern Rivers for the next three days.



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