Power restored to Ravenswood properties

UPDATE Thursday 9.13am: Power was restored to all premises at Ravenswood that experienced yesterday’s outage quicker than expected.

Powercor said power was restored by 7.10pm last night.

Earlier, the company had estimated customers would potentially have to wait until 8.30pm.

The outage was caused by a mobile crane falling on a high-voltage power line.

4.34pm

POWER to 94 premises in Ravenswood has yet to be restored after a mobile crane fell on a high voltage power line earlier today.

Powercor has advised it might be 8.30pm before the service to affected customers resumes.

Image: POWERCOR

Image: POWERCOR

Central Victoria earlier seemed to be in the grips of a mass power outage related to a fault at Sutton Road in Maryborough.

But a Powercor spokesperson said the supply to more than 1750 premises was not affected.

The map was instead reflecting a technical issue of its own, which was rapidly resolved.

This is what a glitch looks like. Only the 94 premises in Ravenswood were experiencing outages.

This is what a glitch looks like. Only the 94 premises in Ravenswood were experiencing outages.

2.56pm

POWERCOR crews remain at Ravenswood as efforts to restore power to 94 affected customers continues.

A spokesperson said crews were working to repair the fault, which was caused by a mobile crane falling on a high voltage power line. 

“At this stage the estimated restoration time is still 3.30pm but the crew may extend this depending on the extent of the repair,” they said.

The spokesperson was unable to confirm whether or not the fault was related to the fire. 

A fault which cut power to 68 premises in Maryborough earlier today was caused by a fuse that had to be replaced.

The power was restored at 1pm.

1.33pm

LOCKWOOD Fire Brigade captain Jamie Tatt has confirmed firefighters are responding to a single incident at Ravenswood. 

He said the fire, which is now under control, started after live power lines were brought down by a crane.

Four CFA units, two private units and up to four water tankers from the construction project associated with the crane responded to the grass and scrub fire.

Mr Tatt said the fire burnt an area of private property measuring about 300 metres long by 30 metres wide. 

More than 90 Powercor customers in Ravenswood remain affected by the fault.

Power is expected to be restored by 3.30pm.

Meanwhile, a fault affecting 68 Powercor customers at Maryborough has been resolved.

Emergency services respond to a fire at Ravenswood. Picture: NONI HYETT

Emergency services respond to a fire at Ravenswood. Picture: NONI HYETT

12.17pm

POWERCOR crews are en route to Ravenswood following reports of a line down at Bickfords Road. 

A reported fire on the same road has since been brought under control by firefighters.

Six units are believed to have responded.

Powercor crews are also in attendance at Maryborough, where 68 customers are without power. 

A spokesperson said crews were patrolling the line to locate the fault.

The estimated time for restoration remained 3.30pm, but the spokesperson said that might change once the fault was located and the crews assessed what needed to be done to repair it.

“We apologise to our customers for the power outage and appreciate their patience while our crews work as quickly as possible to safely restore supply,” they said.

Emergency services respond to a fire at Ravenswood. Picture: NONI HYETT

Emergency services respond to a fire at Ravenswood. Picture: NONI HYETT

12pm

EMERGENCY services are responding to a grass and scrub fire at Ravenswood.

A CFA spokesman said the fire appeared to be as a result of live power lines coming down, though the cause has yet to be confirmed.

One tanker has arrived at the scene. 

Another two are en route, along with a specialist ‘quick attack’ vehicle.

Brigades in attendance include Lockwood, Kangaroo Flat and Harcourt. 

Picture: POWERCOR

Picture: POWERCOR

EARLIER: More than 60 premises in Maryborough and more than 90 premises in Ravenswood are without power.

Powercor is investigating the cause of an outage related to a fault at Lowenstein Street in Maryborough, which is affecting 68 customers.

The organisation expects power to be restored by 3.30pm.

Meanwhile, temperatures in Maryborough climb towards the forecast top of 32 degrees.

Powercor is also investigating the cause of a fault at Hokins Road, Ravenswood, which is affecting 94 premises.

The power is expected to be restored to those customers by 2pm.

It is not yet known whether the fault is linked to an incident emergency services are responding to at Ravenswood.

More to come.