Customers face early morning blackout across Southern Tablelands

5’882 Southern Tablelands residents were left without power in the early hours of this morning. Photo: Mike Wilson
5’882 Southern Tablelands residents were left without power in the early hours of this morning. Photo: Mike Wilson

Southern Tablelands residents have had their power restored after a blackout across the region early this morning.

5’882 Essential energy customers in Yass, Bowning, Bookham, Murrumbateman, Gunning and surrounding areas lost power at 5:42am with crews working to fix the cause of the outage after network protection equipment activated to isolate supply to the area.

Essential Energy's Southern Regional Manager Steven Ilitch said crews were able to have power restored to the area within two hours.

“Crews secured the safety of the site, re-routed power around the network and began back-feeding to restore power to all customers by 7am,” he said.

Yass mother Sarah Rasmussen was up with her young son when the power went out.

“I was in middle of feeding my baby boy and all of a sudden I was in the dark,” she said.

“To disrupt things more I hadn't put my phone to silent, so with the power out I started getting calls from the alarm company as the power outage meant the alarms weren't working.”

Ms Rasmussen said she was glad the outage happened over the Easter weekend and was thankful for the Yass noticeboard Facebook group where she was able to connect with other mothers who had also been up with their babies during the outage.

“It was a pain being in the dark, but I’m glad it was a public holiday so I didn’t have to get ready in dark,” she said.

“But, the best part was the Yass Facebook page… people started to talk and joke around. I found another 5 mums all in the same boat trying to feed their little ones in the dark.”