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Vandalism impacts on power supply for Derby customers

Horizon Power is urging the community of Derby to report vandalism of infrastructure, in an effort to maintain a safe and reliable power supply.

Spokesperson Jodie Lynch advises, “ It is always disappointing when vandalism causes an unnecessary outage, but more importantly, it is dangerous.  Overnight our crews have located a piece of fencing wire, hanging over the High Voltage Line, near the Menning Transformer between two feeders.  As the wind blew, the fault was continually exacerbated and posed a real safety issue to our crews, as they worked to restore power.”

From 9:54 am on Tuesday the 18th, up to 484 customers experienced a loss of supply for up to 72 minutes. All but 25 customers were restored within 72 minutes as crews worked to locate the fault. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the damage, additional faults to customers occurred throughout the day and again from 2:19 am Wednesday morning and up until 3:43 am as crews worked throughout the night to restore power to all customers.  

Horizon Power appreciates that these outages caused disruption to our customers and are urging the public to immediately report any damage to infrastructure to police as soon as possible.  All faults and emergencies should be reported to 13 23 51.

Media contact: Jodie Lynch (08) 9192 9917