Margaret Opie

Power restored to Lennox Head

COUNTRY Energy has restored power to the last homes in Lennox Head that can be safely re-energised, following yesterday’s devastating tornado.

About 40 premises remain without power, deemed to be too damaged to reconnect safely to the electricity network.

Country Energy's regional general manager, Richard Wake, said in just a day and a half, field crews had repaired the destroyed network and provided power to almost all of the 1200 customers who were without supply following the dreadful storm.

“We’ve gone door to door assessing about 200 homes to make sure they are safe to connect to power and we’ve repaired the major powerlines in Lennox Head,” he said.

“We’ve finished rebuilding the substation at the caravan park and will energise it before the day’s end.

“I can’t thank our customers enough for their patience and support while we have been making the area safe and getting the power back on – the conditions on the ground have been demanding for everyone.

“It’s been a tough situation – particularly for our employees directly affected by the storm – but despite this they still made a significant contribution to the restoration effort."

Country Energy employees will be on call over the weekend to respond to concerns about power from Lennox Head residents.

“Customers should call Country Energy on 132 080 if they have any concerns about their power or the network,” Mr Wake said.

The homes deemed unsafe to reconnect power to will be re-energised as soon as Country Energy is advised that repairs have been made and the premise is safe.

Each owner/occupier has been asked to contact Country Energy directly to arrange re-connection to the grid.

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