02 February 2013

More Storm Damage

The horrific weather we've experienced last week caused another bit of damage I never even realised. Yesterday, Energex, our power company, waltzed up, setting up barricades in the street in front of our house. One of the supervisors knocked on the door telling us we would lose electricity for an hour, just as I was in the middle of reading my on-line newspapers, as I do every day. OK! We switched off all 3 computers we run all the time and I grabbed one of those funny things with words in it, like we  used to do before computers. A Book! But as the action progressed, the blogger and I grabbed our cameras and started to snap away. We also had other action going on in the yard with tree loppers removing our fallen trees as you'll see on Diane's blog.

The broken cross bar at the power pole
The huge winds we had, not only knocked over trees having them crash onto our rotary clothes line, but it also snapped the cross bar at the power pole outside our house leaving the wires precariously dangling up there.

The power company arrives to fix the problem
Within no time, we had a fleet of vehicles blocking the street, including a huge cherry picker. Safety signs went up, the area of the power pole was cordened off and the men got ready for action.

The snapped cross bar hangs precariously up there

The linesmen are in the basket of the cherry picker getting ready for the fift.

The offending item is removed by the Energex technicians.

And a new steel cross bar is installed. This one should last a few years. As they promised, power was restored within the hour. I closed my book (for a read tonight in bed). Happily turned on my iMac and my MacBook and returned to my overseas newspapers.

All's well again in the street.

(Photos by Bill and Diane)