IT’S been a massive mission but after more than a week of round the clock work, power has been restored to almost every Ergon Energy customer in the Whitsundays.
With the job starting to become more manageable, the massive task force of additional crews brought in have started to head home to their various bases across Queensland.
Ergon General Manager Operations Steve Leighton said most of the difficult jobs had finally been done.
He said large generators had been brought in to support communities, including Shute Harbour, while repairs continued.
Helicopters were also used to assist with restoration in rugged locations and to assess network damage and coordinate ground activity.
“We have now got to a stage where the majority of the network damage has been repaired and all affected customers have been reconnected to supply where it is safe to do so” he said.
“We really did operate on the principle of “whatever it takes”, to get people up and running again.”
Some premises that suffered structural damage during the cyclone will require repairs before Ergon Energy can safely reconnect power.
Mr Leighton said that customers who still do not have power should call Ergon Energy on 13 22 96 so it could be attended to as quickly as possible.
If further network damage or fallen power lines are seen, people are instructed not to go anywhere near it, keep others away and call Ergon Energy immediately.