The City of Logan has been hit with two heavy storms in the past two days and it has left a lot of destruction and power outages all over South East Queensland.
Sections of Cornubia, Shailer Park, Beenleigh, Eagleby, Mount Warran Park, Windaroo, Bannockburn, Belivah, Logan Village, Chambers Flat, South Maclean, Jimboomba, Cedar Grove, Cedar Vale, Woodhill, and New Beith are without power and may be for some time.
“The Gold Coast and areas south of Brisbane are facing a massive recovery effort after some of the worst storms on record,” said a statement from Energex.
“Currently, more than 110,000 homes and businesses are without power, including 72,000 across the Gold Coast, more than 15,500 in each of the Logan and Scenic Rim council areas, and 3500 in the Redlands.
“𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. If you need to be outside, watch for fallen powerlines – report any you see ASAP to 000 or 13 19 62, stay well away, and warn others. Never, ever assume that a downed powerline is anything other than live and dangerous.
“Our network has been demolished in some areas: more than 500 sections of powerline are on the deck, and hundreds of poles are seriously damaged or snapped, and at least one high-voltage concrete pole has been snapped.
“There’s no easy way to say this, but some customers will not have power for days – we’re looking at catastrophic and widespread damage on the scale of a cyclone. Reports of further severe damage are coming through every minute – until we understand the extent of the repair job, we simply can’t provide estimated restoration timeframes.”
Like many in Logan, Mayor Darren Power is without power at his home and is trying to reassure residents that council crews are working hard to fix what they can alongside the Energex teams.
“Like a lot of other residents in Logan, I have no power and a lot of food in the fridge,” said Mayor power.
“But we need to be patient, Energex and council are doing their best. Gold Coast have been hit the hardest and there already suggesting that many there will be out for days. We have had our guys out since 10pm last night and we had more crews start this morning.
“If a line is down because of trees, the council crews have to wait for Energex to turn the power off before removal can occur. Just hang in there.”
While spending the day with his family, mayor Power is also working on staying up to date with the evolving situation.
“Spoke to the Premier, everything is being done that can be done,” said Mayor Power.
“As you know, Gold Coast is a bit of a war zone. So, priorities will be set by Energex. Just hang in there.
“Maybe if you want to preserve certain foods in your fridge, put them in your freezer. Should last 24 hrs as long as the kids don’t keep opening the door. My power is still out as well, so this is all pretty relatable.
“So, draw the curtains and keep the doors closed and make sure you stay hydrated. If you have a pool, enjoy the day.”