News

Power company turns to chopper to fix Tweed lines

Essential Energy crews are working to restore power throughout Tweed.
Essential Energy crews are working to restore power throughout Tweed. John Gass

THE power company responsible for the Tweed is bringing in extra staff and a chopper to fix the shire's damaged lines.

An Essential Energy spokesperson said about 13,000 households were still without power on the far north coast.

"Essential Energy will bring additional personnel into the area today to assist local crews," the energy provider said in a statement.

"Additionally, a helicopter is on standby to patrol areas isolated by floodwaters in the Tweed hinterland, particularly around Tumbulgum, Uki and off the Tweed Valley Way."

Daniel Bylsma, Essential Energy acting regional general manager for the North Coast, said he was hopeful the helicopter would be in the air by this afternoon.

"We know we have at least five poles down along the Tweed Valley Way and there are possibly more in areas that aren't easily accessible due to the conditions," My Bylsma said.

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

"At Terranora our vegetation crews are presently working to clear a large tree that has fallen across high voltage powerlines.

"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."

Anyone who sees a fallen powerlines should call Essential Energy on 13 20 80.

Topics:  essential energy, power out, tweed flood 2013



Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Police Minister inspects new Tweed police station site

Sergeant Mal Kentwell, Police Minister and Deputy Premier Troy Grant, Tweed MP Geoff Provest and Tweed/Byron LAC Superintendent Wayne Starling on the construction site of the new Tweed Heads Police Station on Wharf St.

Police minister visits site of new Tweed station

Student Zone: Vietnam veteran remembers

Lindisfarne Anglican College student Mylee O'Kane.

Student Zone: Lindisfarne student uncovers Vietnam veteran memories

Latest deals and offers

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Road rage caught on Dashcam

Attack with a baseball bat caught on Dashcam

Video of a violent road rage incident in Orange last December.

Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce tour Rockhampton sweet potato farm

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce visit a...

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest