Power outages - 10.40am
Release Date: 11 June 2012
More than 110,000 homes are still without power as Western Power crews continue to work on safety hazards and restoration efforts in the southern part of the State.
Western Power crews have restored power to the Peel Health Campus and Rockingham Kwinana Hospital. Power was restored to Bunbury Regional Hospital, Augusta Hospital and Ravensthorpe hospital yesterday or during the night.
Small pockets of the network have been restored where there are no safety hazards but much of the restoration work can only occur after areas have been assessed to ensure they are safe to re-energise.
Approximately 50,000 customers had power restored over night.
The most severely impacted areas are in the south metropolitan area as well as Baldivis, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton and south to Margaret River.
In the early hours of this morning, Western Power managed to reconnect St John of God Hospital in Bunbury.
The Call Centre received over 100,000 calls last night - staff were up to capacity in head office and we opened the overflow call centre in Forrestfield.
Western Power is diverting all crews to emergency work and will position administration staff to safety jobs in the field as 'wire watchers' to increase public awareness around safety hazards.
Members of the public are urged to stay away from any fallen power lines and to report hazards to 13 13 51.
We are still asking people to only call to report hazards - not to report power interruption.
Some houses may be without power for several days and Western Power asks for people to be patient and to consider relocating to homes of family and friends that have power.
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