Tornado-damaged powerlines restored just in time for Easter
POWERLINES damaged by the tornado and flooding around Burrum Heads in cyclone Oswald will be rebuilt in time for Easter.
On Thursday, Ergon Energy crews are set to finish the rebuilding project.
The power supply to almost 900 Burrum Heads customers will be interrupted from 8.30am-1pm on Thursday, to enable the restoration work to be completed.
Wide Bay South area operations manager Jason Ledbury said Ergon understood this would be inconvenient for some customers and apologised, but said having the work done before Easter would provide greater security of power supply for the expected influx of tourists.
Mr Ledbury said the extent of washouts along the line route and around some poles meant rebuilding the line in the same location was not a practical option.
Mr Ledbury said four spans of overhead powerlines were washed away in the flooding.
The four spans would be replaced with underground cabling a short distance away.
"The ongoing rain in the past two months has delayed our efforts to get this urgent project completed.
"But all of the preparatory work that can be done without affecting the power supply to the community has now been finished.
"The final stage of the work to connect the new underground section to the overhead sections at each end can only be done safely with the power supply disconnected."
While it means another interruption to power, it will mark another stage in the rebuilding of the seaside village, Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said.
"The Ergon crews had worked extremely hard in very difficult conditions to restore power to the town following the tornado," Mayor O'Connell said.