Fall darkens 800 homes

ABOUT 800 Tweed Head homes were without power on Wednesday night after a falling tree brought powerlines down.

A Country Energy spokesman said half of the affected customers were without power from the time the lines fell, about 11.20pm, until 6am yesterday.

“A storm caused a large tree branch to come down over a high-voltage powerline in Enid Street,” the spokesman said.

“It snapped the line and also broke two cross-arms.

“We had around about a dozen workers called out and they worked through to about 6 o'clock this morning doing repairs.”

Tweed firefighters said about 150 metres of powerlines came down about 11.20pm after the lines fell between Enid Street and Frances Street.

Two fire crews attended the scene and were tasked to keep members of the public away from the live wires.

“There were about 800 customers off due to the line breaking,” the Country Energy spokesman said.

The tree was still being cleared yesterday morning.



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