Essential Energy crews restoring power across region

ESSENTIAL Energy field crews are continuing to restore power across the storm ravaged region today.

In the Clarence Valley, helicopters will be used this afternoon to convey powerline workers into inaccessible areas around Copmanhurst, Coutts Crossing and Iluka to carry out network repairs.

About 200 customers between Upper Copmanhurst and Baryulgil are still without power, while a further 30 customers have lost supply in the Towallum area, off Kangaroo Creek Road.

Essential Energy acting regional general manager North Coast, Daniel Bylsma said that while the extent of damage to the network was not yet known, he was hopeful power would be restored today.

He said repairs were also under way on a high voltage powerline out of Yamba in the Durrington Lane area. About 60 customers there should have their power restored later this afternoon.

"In many instances, strong winds have brought trees down across powerlines or flung vegetation and other debris into the lines, damaging them," Daniel said.

"The conditions are poor and access is a problem due to floodwaters, which aren't expected to peak in the Lower Clarence until tonight."

Essential Energy has brought additional personnel into the area to assist local crews, predominantly around Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and Tweed Heads.

In the Coffs Harbour and Bellingen areas, the main problems were experienced around Glenreagh and Bucca, as well as at Hydes Creek and the Promised Land.

Across the region, many individual service lines to customers' residences have been damaged in the wild weather.

"We believe there will be several hundred low voltage service jobs that will need to be completed before power is restored to all customers," Daniel said.

"Our main efforts are focussed on restoring power for as many customers as quickly and safely as we possibly can, but it may be several days before all supply is restored to outlying areas and individual residences."

"People should stay focussed on safety throughout this weather," Daniel said.

"If anyone sees a fallen powerline or other damage to the electricity network, stay at least eight metres away and call Essential Energy on 13 20 80."

Topics:  ex-tropical cyclone oswald flooding

Tweed election offers field of dreams

Pre-poll voting in the Tweed Shire Council election will continue this week.

Tweed voters eye change as candidates line up for election

Greens fight and fuss but shark nets are coming

The NSW Government has vowed to reintroduce old-style mesh shark nets to North Coast beaches.

Mesh shark nets almost certain to arrive at North Coast beaches

Killer Dreamworld conveyor belt almost drowned man

The system and ride was investigated by Workplace Queensland

Local Partners

Jake left broken-hearted by Bachelorette break-up

Jake Ellis is one of the final three bachelors on The Bachelorette.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and Matty J as her final two suitors.

MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Strange is out there in a good way

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange.

MARVEL'S new superhero takes viewers along on his mind trip.

MOVIE REVIEW: Jack Reacher sequel falls flat

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

THE film's title Never Go Back should serve as a warning to fans.

The Bachelor contestants find love with each other

Former Bachelor contestants Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon have confirmed their relationship on social media.

MEGAN Marx and Tiffany Scanlon confirm relationship on Instagram.

Liam Payne wants to wed Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne

Liam Payne reportedly wants to marry Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Bindi Irwin 'honoured' to make MAXIM HOT 100 list

Wildlife Warrior named among Australia's most beautiful women

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June