Power outage at Cleveland

UPDATE Monday

 A SPOKESPERSON for P3 Projects says the builder and developer regrets the inconvenience of the outage to the Cleveland community.

”We are grateful that no one was harmed as a result of this incident and appreciative that power was restored to much of the area relatively quickly,” the spokesperson said.

UPDATE Friday

ENERGEX may try to recover costs after a crane hit powerlines at Cleveland on Thursday, causing a black-out that impacted more than 1100 premises.

An Energex spokesperson said they would wait for the outcome of an investigation by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and the Electrical Safety Office.

“Once that is complete we would look at recovering our costs,” the spokesperson said.

The power outage affected 1168 homes and businesses from about 11.30am.

Some businesses like banks were forced to close as a result.

A spokesperson for building company Kyronn said the incident was being investigated by Workplace Health and Safety and the company’s position was to provide no comment.

Asked about the outcome of investigations into a retaining wall collapse at the same site in November last year, the spokeperson said it was “in the past”.

“We’ve moved on from that incident,” the spokesperson said.

The Middle Street site is the location of the eight-level, 59-unit Reflections project.

UPDATE 3.15pm

POWER has been restored to all homes and businesses at Cleveland after an outage on Thursday morning.

UPDATE 3pm

THERE is still a power outage affecting 267 homes and businesses in the Cleveland area, according to Energex.

A spokesperson said technicians were sectionalising the network to be able to remove a crane that had hit powerlines on a construction site.

Premises on Fitzroy, Homer, Island and Middle streets were affected.

UPDATE 1.30pm

A TOTAL of 362 premises are still without power at Cleveland.

Energex reported that emergency repairs were underway.

An update on the outage was expected at 4.30pm.

Workplace Health and Safety officers are on site.

Cleveland businesses including Woolworths were without power for about an hour and a half after a cables attached to a crane became on a construction site hit powerlines about 11.30am.

Streets affected are Fitzroy, Homer, Island and Middle streets and Shore Street West.

AT THE SCENE: Workplace Health and Safety officers at the scene. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

AT THE SCENE: Workplace Health and Safety officers at the scene. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

UPDATE 1PM:

POWER has been restored to about 600 homes at Cleveland after power outages earlier today, Energex has advised.

More than 1100 customers were disconnected about 11.30am when a crane at a construction site at the corner of Middle and Fitzroy streets hit powerlines.

Businesses in Cleveland’s CBD were forced to stop trading, with banks and shops shut.

The next update from Energex is expected about 2pm, with about 400 customers at Fitzroy, Homer, Island and Middle streets and Shore Street West still disconnected.

It is understood Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors will need to visit the site before the crane can be moved away from powerlines.

A major retaining wall at the same construction site collapsed in November last year, damaging sewerage lines and adjacent property, forcing the evacuation of nearby residents.

A spokesperson for the site’s builders Kyronn said they were looking into the incident.

POWERLINES HIT: Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors will need to visit the site before the crane can be moved away from powerlines.

POWERLINES HIT: Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors will need to visit the site before the crane can be moved away from powerlines.

UPDATE 12.45PM:

ENERGEX expects power will soon be restored to most Cleveland customers.

A crane on a construction site at the corner of Middle and Fitzroy streets hit nearby powerlines, causing more than 1100 customers in the Cleveland area to lower power about 11.30am.

Businesses in Cleveland’s CBD were forced to stop trading, with banks and shops shut.

POWER OUTAGE: A crane on a construction site at the corner of Middle and Fitzroy streets hit nearby powerlines, causing more than 1100 customers in the Cleveland area to lose power about 11.30am. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

POWER OUTAGE: A crane on a construction site at the corner of Middle and Fitzroy streets hit nearby powerlines, causing more than 1100 customers in the Cleveland area to lose power about 11.30am. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

It is understood Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors will need to visit the site before the crane can be moved away from powerlines.

Power will remain disconnected to customers in the immediate vicinity.

UPDATE 12.30PM:

BANKS and shops in Cleveland’s CBD have closed after power outages.

It is understood a crane on a construction site at the corner of Middle and Fitzroy streets hit nearby powerlines, causing more than 1100 customers in the Cleveland area to lose power about 11.30am.

Energex has advised customers that repairs were in progress, with the next update expected about 2pm.

About 15 streets in the Cleveland area, including Shore Street West and Bloomfield Street, have been affected by the power outage.

A spokesperson for the site’s builders, Kyronn, said they were looking into the incident.

A major retaining wall at the same construction site collapsed in November last year, damaging sewerage lines and adjacent property, forcing the evacuation nearby residents.

Streets affected by the power outage:

  • Bloomfield St
  • Doig St
  • Fitzroy St
  • Homer St
  • Island St
  • Masthead Dr
  • Mccullagh St
  • Michelle Ct
  • Middle St
  • Peel Ct
  • Princess St
  • Queen St
  • Shore St W
  • Wynyard St
  • Yarrow Ct

EARLIER:

A POWER outage at Cleveland is affecting more than 1100 customers.

It is understood a crane at a construction site may have downed powerlines, causing electricity to be cut to customers.

The outage is reported to be affecting the CBD including Bloomfield Street, Masthead Drive, Middle Street, Queen Street, Shore Street West and Wynyard Street.

The outage was reported about 11.30am.

More to come.