ESSENTIAL Energy crews worked in challenging conditions to restore power to customers across the Snowy Mountains last week after strong winds battered the region bringing down powerlines and poles.
About 900 customers experienced a power supply interruption at any one time during the severe weather, including Jindabyne township and the surrounding areas of Crackenback, Cooma, Bombala, Berridale, Eucumbene, Shannon's Flat and areas around Adaminaby.
Regional manager South Eastern, Phillip Green, said crews from Jindabyne, Cooma, Bombala and Bega patrolled the electricity network to determine the extent of the damage.
"Our priority was to identify fault locations and ensure the safety of each area," Mr Green said. "Crews then reconfigured the electricity network to isolate each fault and restore power to as many customers as possible, while repairs were undertaken."
"With wind gusts of up to 150 kilometres per hour, our crews had to standby at times until conditions improved before repairs could be completed."
The network repairs included replacing power poles and powerlines impacted by the damaging winds.
Power supply was progressively restored as repairs were completed, with power restored to most customers by 5pm on Friday.
"Our crews very much appreciate the thanks and support they received from the community as they undertook repairs to the electricity network in difficult conditions," Mr Green said. "We thank our customers for their patience while we worked to restore power."
Phillip reminded the community to be careful around the electricity network in windy conditions, to stay at least eight metres away from fallen poles or powerlines and to call Essential Energy's supply interruptions team on 13 20 80 to report any damage to the network.