455 Roma residents and businesses affected by power outage.
455 Roma residents and businesses affected by power outage.

Hundreds of Roma residents without power

HOMES and businesses in Roma have been left without power, as thunderstorms roll in across southwest Queensland.

More than 450 addresses lost power in Roma shortly before 2pm this afternoon, as 830 Injune residents were also left in the dark.

Brett Judge, spokesman for Ergon Energy said as soon as it’s safe to do so, crews will be out to repair any damage to the network and restore power to their customers.

“The risk of fallen powerlines increases during storm season,” he said.

Mr Judge warns the public that fallen powerlines can be hidden in tree branches and other debris so to be on the lookout for this life-threatening hazard.

“Always treat fallen powerlines as live, stay well away, warn others in the area and report them to emergency services on 000,” he said.

Mr Judge said that crews are ready to respond to any natural disaster as soon as it is safe, but they ask for the community’s patience because restoration can be delayed by any number of things including weather conditions or significant damage over a widespread area.

“Specific information from customers can help us find faults faster, so let us know if you’ve seen fallen powerlines or sparking wires,” Mr Judge said.

The public can also use Ergon Energy’s Outage Finder if you want to confirm of any outage that may be affecting your area.

The public can contact Ergon energy on 13 16 70 for life-threatening faults, including fallen powerlines. Or on 13 22 96 to report other faults, including loss of power.