Homes without power

THOUSANDS of houses in the Whitsundays were without power on Sunday and Monday because of a combination of storms, an accident and a power pole fire.

Storms on Monday afternoon brought down power lines in the Kelsey Creek area where about 574 houses in Renwick Road in Proserpine were without power for five hours.

About 1800 houses in the Jubilee Pocket and Airlie Beach area were without power for three hours on Monday afternoon when a pole was damaged in Aitken Road in Mount Marlow near the water treatment plant.

Houses in this area had power by 7.30pm via an alternate feeder while repairs on the damaged pole took place overnight.

Power was interrupted to the Cannonvale, Airlie Beach areas on Monday morning at about 6.30am after a pole fire caused the main high voltage feeder supplying the Cannonvale substation to trip.

Area operations manager Steve Barrett said the incident happened north of Proserpine off the Bruce Highway in a cane paddock near Quarry Road and affected more than 4500 houses.

He said these situations were experienced from time to time, particularly after wet weather.

Local Ergon crews were also kept busy on Sunday after a car accident interrupted supply to 524 customers in the Sugarloaf, Riordanvale and Cannonvale areas at 9.30am.

Their power was back on after about three hours.

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