King Island power outage update

13 July 2016

Hydro Tasmania has restored power to all but about 20 customers on King Island.

Heavy storms lashed the island on Tuesday night (12 July), bringing down trees and damaging poles and wires.

About 500 of the island’s 1200 energy customers initially lost power on Tuesday night, and about 250 customers, predominantly in and around the township of Grassy, remained disconnected throughout Wednesday night.

Hydro Tasmania’s Bass Strait Islands Manager, Brad Turner, said power was restored to Grassy today.

“We’ve successfully restored power to the vast majority of King Island customers,” Mr Turner said.

“We reconnected the island’s seven major dairy farms last night, avoiding any loss of livestock, which is very pleasing.

“About 20 customers in more isolated and remote locations are still without power. Many have individual connections, and we’re doing everything possible to reconnect them as soon as possible.

“We realise that spending at least two nights without power, as about 250 customers have just experienced, is difficult.

“Crews have worked exceptionally hard to repair assets as quickly as possible, and we’d like to thank King Island residents for their patience, goodwill and co-operation.

“Residents are reminded to treat any fallen electricity poles and wires as live, and not attempt to handle them,” he said.

For any electricity emergencies, please call TasNetworks fault centre on 132004. High call volumes may cause some delays.

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