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Outages to continue

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March 28, 2018

Further electricity maintenance and power pole replacements will impact on customers in Charlotte, Harfleur and Macauley Streets in mid-April, Essential Energy has advised.

It is expected to include a shut down of power to the Deniliquin Hospital, but Deniliquin Health Service cluster manager David Jackson has assured the community the hospital has sufficient back up power to operate through the planned interruption.

Essential Energy started its maintenance and replacement program in Deniliquin on Sunday, affecting 208 customers in George, Napier, Cressy, Hardinge and Whitelock streets who were all notified in advance of the works taking place.

Among those affected were Deniliquin’s Central IGA Supermarket which ran on generator power so it could remain open during the power shut down period.

Deniliquin McDonald’s chose not to open until 4pm, after work was completed.

Essential Energy regional manager southern Sarah Roche said crews worked from 9am to 3pm to replace three aged power poles, a pole cross-arm and existing electrical equipment in the vicinity of George St to further strengthen the local network.

‘‘A single planned power outage was necessary to provide crews with safe access to the electricity network,’’ she said.

‘‘To minimise the impact of these works on the broader business community, we scheduled the power outage on a Sunday and brought in additional crew members from Berrigan, Jerilderie and Barham to assist local teams complete the work in the shortest timeframe.

‘‘All affected residents and businesses were notified in advance to allow time to make alternative arrangements.

‘‘We thank the Deniliquin community for its patience and understanding while this necessary maintenance work was completed.’’

Essential Energy said customers who will be impacted by the April upgrades will be notified directly before works begin.

The works taking place on April 15 will be dependent on conditions.

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