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Aurora works to reconnect power after wild weather

Thursday October 3, 2013 - 18:50 EST
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About 200 power customers in Tasmania's north west will be without electricity overnight.

Aurora Energy says crews hope to restore supplies to customers in areas including North Motton, West Gawler and Kindred by tomorrow.

A spokesman says yesterday's strong winds and heavy rain have created access problems.

Meanwhile, 3,000 Aurora customers in the north west lost power due to a pole fire this morning.

Electricity was restored to the Shearwater, Port Sorell and Hawley Beach areas before midday.

SES weather response

State Emergency Service crews responded to more than 150 calls for assistance yesterday, including 77 in the north and 71 in the north west.

The service's Northern Regional Manager, Mhairi Revie says crews were stood down about 9.30pm.

"We've still got them on standby as a precautionary action but certainly we need them to rest overnight, and we're expecting them to have a nice quiet day today," she said.

Dozens of roads remain closed due to flood waters.

A flood warning for the Huon River in the south was downgraded last night.

SES thefts

The State Emergency Service has condemned thieves who stole two chainsaws from a service truck as volunteers helped people.

Ms Revie says the chainsaws are each worth several thousand dollars.

She says volunteers are very upset about the incident, which happened about 10pm in the Launceston suburb of Rocherlea.

"It's extremely disappointing, as you can imagine people who give up their day jobs and give up their day jobs and give up paid work to go out and assist the community, they're out there rendering assistance and then you know, someone performs and cowardly act of stealing their equipment."


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