Western power working to restore electricity

HOMES in outlying areas around Donnybrook, Brookhampton, Newlands, Kirup, Balingup and Bridgetown remain without power today. 

Western Power crews have been working tirelessly in wet and windy conditions to repair faults on the network following a series of rolling storm fronts which hit the Donnybrook region on Sunday and Monday

A spokesman said less than 10,000 customers remain without power in the South West region. Western Power is aiming to restore services to the bulk of these customers by the end of the day. 

Faults on two transmission lines have now been resolved, which means as soon as crews have repaired damage to the network in the main townships, the lines can be re-energised. 

The storms have caused extensive damage to the network in these townships and there are more than 300 hazards which need to be attended to before power can be safely restored. 

The types of hazards crews are currently responding to include fallen powerlines, sagging powerlines or broken overhead service connections. 

Safety is Western Power's number one priority and crews are working as quickly as possible to safely restore power to affected customers in the South West region. 

Residents are urged to report network hazards to Western Power's emergency fault line on 13 13 51. 

"Western Power would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding for the inconvenience caused by these outages. Our crews have worked as quickly as possible, in wet and windy conditions, to safely restore power to people's homes," a Western Power spokesman said. 

"People who have been without power for more than 12 hours are eligible for an $80 extended outage payment. They can find out more details about this payment by calling Western Power's contact centre on 13 10 87."

Locals in the Brookhampton area pitch in to clear the roads after the storms. Photo: Sue Gray

Locals in the Brookhampton area pitch in to clear the roads after the storms. Photo: Sue Gray