Wild winds cut power supply

HEAVY winds that brought down trees and branches on Tuesday night were responsible for cutting power to more than 4000 Gympie region residents.

Energex consumers from Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach were without power for almost two hours on Tuesday night.

An Energex spokesperson said 3878 people lost power when a tree fell on Tin Can Bay power mains about 7.34pm.

Energex crews were able to locate and remove the tree by 9.15pm.

The spokesperson said about 7pm on the same night, 822 customers were without power in Glastonbury, Jones Hill, Langshaw, Long Flat, Mary’s Creek, McIntosh Creek, Mooloo, Pie Creek, Southside and Upper Glastonbury, when a tree branch fell on power lines at Glastonbury.

Emergency work crews were able to restore the power and remove the branch by about 8pm.

The spokesperson said crews had braved heavy rain in the past week to make sure power stayed on.

“It certainly has been a tough week for our south east crews,” the spokesperson said.

“Rain has been belting down while they have been up poles trying to fix the power.”

Yesterday Energex had planned for the worst and after hearing the Mary River would peak at 8pm, put measures in place to prepare for a flood.

Power was switched off to some areas already inundated with water and others expected to be — for safety reasons.

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