Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle has praised Energex crews for restoring power to affected customers after Brisbane’s fierce super-cell storm late last year left more than 614 fallen powerlines threatening community safety.
Just days after the storm, which left 108,000 homes and businesses in the dark, customers’ power supply had been safely restored. More than 200 crews worked across the region around-the-clock, including 22 crews and vehicles from Ergon Energy in Toowoomba.
Energex chief executive officer Terry Effeney thanked the wider Brisbane community for their patience and support during the massive task, which included completely rebuilding many sections of the network.
“This was a great team effort, which again demonstrated the professionalism and dedication of the Energex field crews and the support staff who worked around the clock despite some of them also suffering damage and loss of power to their own homes,” Mr Effeney said.
“I also want to thank those who supported our staff – in particular, field crews from our sister company Ergon, the Queensland Police Service, Emergency Services, Council, our contractors and vegetation management partners.
“The community has been fantastic, giving our field crews support and encouragement. Some crews were even lucky enough to receive tokens of the customers’ appreciation, like muffins and cold drinks, which were greatly appreciated.”